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Saturday, July 24, 2004

China Tells U.S. to End Taiwan Arms Sales

July 23, 2004
China told the top U.S. military commander for East Asia on Friday that Washington must stop selling weapons to Taiwan and end its military exchanges with the self-ruled island.

The comments by Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing to Adm. Thomas Fargo added to recent Chinese pressure on the United States to end military support for Taiwan, which Beijing claims as part of its territory.

Li demanded that Washington ``halt its arms sales to Taiwan and stop its relevant military exchanges aiming to upgrade (its) substantial relationship with Taiwan,'' the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Li told Fargo that was the only way to maintain ``steady development'' of U.S.-Chinese relations and that the United States must ``clearly understand the seriousness and sensitiveness of the Taiwan situation.''

U.S. officials didn't immediately comment. FR Reprint.

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