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China again urges against US arms sales to Taiwan

China’s Xinhua News Agency reported that the recent announcement of US arms sales to Taiwan by way of contracts with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for Patriot III missiles has undermined US-Sino relations. The sale was announced on January 6 as part of a arms sale package which was originally put into place by the Bush Administration in 2008. China stated that the recent sale goes against three US-China agreements which aim to support the sovereign and territorial interests of both countries. The Chinese news agency stated that the  “U.S. side is fully aware that the Taiwan issue is related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and involves China’s core interests and the national sentiment of 1.3 billion Chinese people.”  This is the sixth response issued by China in the past week against the arms package. As a result of the sale announcement, which came shortly after President Obama’s visit to China,  China warns that its bilateral efforts with the US may suffer detriment. Read more at Xinhua News Agency.

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