China expresses 'strong indignation' over US arms sales to Taiwan

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 08:02 hrs

China has expressed strong indignation and resolute opposition over the US' decision to sell arms to Taiwan.

According to Xinhua, Guan Youfei, deputy chief of China's Defense Ministry's foreign affairs office has been instructed to summon the acting US military attache to China and lodge a strong protest over the US' decision to sell arms to Taiwan.

Regardless of China's repeated opposition, the US administration recently announced a new arms package worth 5.852 billion dollars to Taiwan, including the upgrading of its existing F-16 fighter jets fleet.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun has earlier said that the wrongdoing by the US side will inevitably undermine bilateral relations as well as exchanges and cooperation in military and security areas.

Zhijun reportedly asked the US to stop arms sales to Taiwan, halt military relations with Taiwan and work with Chinese side to jointly safeguard the overall situation of Sino-US relations as well as the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. (ANI)

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