US-Taiwan arms deal to impact exchanges: China
AFPBEIJING--Beijing said Wednesday Washington's decision to upgrade Taiwan's F-16 fighters would damage military ties between the United States and China, impacting military exchanges and high-level visits.
September 29, 2011, 12:15 am TWN
China has repeatedly condemned the US$5.85 billion U.S. deal to upgrade Taiwan's fleet of F-16 fighter jets, summoning the U.S. ambassador and warning the move would undermine warming military relations if it was not revoked.
On Wednesday, the defense ministry warned that military relations would suffer direct consequences from the deal, without specifying what action it would take.
“In light of the serious damage resulting from the U.S. arms sale to Taiwan, planned China-US military exchanges, including high-level visits and joint exercises, will definitely be impacted,” said ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng.
Geng also urged the U.S. to “stop arms sales to Taiwan.”
Under the deal, Taiwan will get a retrofit of 145 F-16 A/B fighter jets, which will be equipped with modern weapons and radar capable of detecting China's new stealth aircraft.