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China urges U.S. to stop arms sale to Taiwan

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 20:18, December 15, 2015

BEIJING, Dec. 15 -- China on Tuesday urged the United States to stop arms sale to Taiwan and do something more conducive for China-U.S. relations.

'The United States should be fully aware that the arms sale to Taiwan is highly sensitive and dangerous. The U.S. should abide by its commitment and stop arms sale to Taiwan, and do something more conducive for China-U.S. relations and the peaceful development of the cross-Strait relations,' said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei.

Hong made the remarks at a regular press briefing while commenting the report by Reuters that the Obama administration is expected to authorize the sale of two guided missile frigates to Taiwan as soon as this week.

The sale would mark the first time in four years that the United States has shipped arms to Taiwan, the longest gap in such arms sales in nearly four decades, the report said.

Hong said China's opposition to arms sale to Taiwan is 'steady, clear and consistent.'

The arms sale severely goes against the three joint communiques between China and the United States, especially the one signed on Aug. 17, 1982. It also interferes in China's domestic affairs and harms peaceful development of cross-Strait relations and China-U.S. relations.

Under the joint communique, the United States promises to gradually reduce its sale of arms to Taiwan and eventually stop selling weapons to Taiwan.

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