China Protests US-Taiwan Arms Deal
Barbara McPherson | January 29, 2010 at 06:17 pmby
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China is vigorously protesting the US sale of weapons to Taiwan. The arms deal will see $6.4 billion in weapons sold to the island nation. This follows a sale in 2008 that amounted to $6.5 billion which included missles and helicopters.
The sale "constitutes a gross intervention into China's internal affairs, seriously endangers China's national security and harms China's peaceful reunification efforts," Wang Baodong, a spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, quoted He Yafei, the Chinese vice foreign minister, as saying.
In recent years, the nation of Taiwan has changed its name from Nationalist China to Taiwan following pressure in the UN from Mainland China. The tiny island nation was formed by the Nationalist Chinese during the latest Chinese Revolution which saw Chairman Mao establish communist rule. The Chinese government has been constant in its claim to the territory. Taiwan has been just as steadfast in maintaining its independence.
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