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Cina-Usa/ Armi a Taiwan,Pechino: Crolla fiducia con Pentagono-punto,Difesa cinese chiede a Washington di non procedere a fornitura
- Subject: Cina-Usa/ Armi a Taiwan,Pechino: Crolla fiducia con Pentagono-punto,Difesa cinese chiede a Washington di non procedere a fornitura
- From: rossana <rossana at comodinoposta.org>
- Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2008 21:55:53 +0200
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Arms sales in accordance with Taiwan Relations Act: spokesmen
ROC Central News Agency
By Chiehyu Lin and Deborah Kuo
Washington, Oct. 7 (CNA) In an attempt to defuse China's anger over its
decision to sell advanced weapons to Taiwan, the United States insisted
Tuesday that the sale was approved in accordance with the Taiwan
Relations Act, which permits the selling of defensive systems to the island.
China has canceled a series of military-to-military contacts with the
U.S. and China's ambassador to the United States, Zhou Wenzhong, lodged
a protest at the State Department after the Bush administration notified
Congress Oct. 3 that it had approved sales of US$6.46 billion worth of
weapons to Taiwan.
The package included 330 Patriot Advanced Capability (PAC-3) missiles,
32 sub-launched Harpoon Block II missiles, 30 AH-64D Block III Apache
Longbow attack helicopters, 182 Javelin guided anti-tank missile rounds
and 20 Javelin command launch units, and system upgrades for four E-2T
Department of State deputy spokesman Robert Wood said at a regular news
briefing Tuesday that China's reaction to the sale was unfortunate.
"It's an unfortunate decision that the Chinese have taken. We've
explained to them that what we've done is very much in accordance with
the Taiwan Relations Act in terms of selling defensive systems to the
Taiwanese and we'll continue to work with the Chinese on a whole range
of issues where we have mutual interests, " Wood told reporters.
Wood said China has basically informed the State Department that some
U.S.-Chinese bilateral exchanges may be affected, but would not
elaborate on which activities would suffer.
Meanwhile, Department of Defense spokesman Stewart Upton said Tuesday in
response to Taiwanese reporters' questions that the People's Republic of
China canceled or postponed several upcoming military-to-military
exchanges due to the arms sales to Taiwan.
"Bilateral events affected involve senior level visits and humanitarian
assistance and disaster relief exchanges that were scheduled to occur
between now and the end of November. We are not going to go into further
detail on the affected programs at this time, " Upton said.
"There has been no change in U.S. government policy and we have
faithfully carried out the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act under
which the U.S. makes available items necessary for Taiwan to maintain a
sufficient self defense," he said.
"The Chinese reaction is unfortunate and results in missed
opportunities," he added.