China fumes over Taiwan arms
CHINA: Chinese state media blasted the United States on Monday for a
planned $6.4 billion arms package for Taiwan but US officials said they
hoped the flap would be temporary and not derail cooperation.
The arms sales, the latest by the United States but the first by the
Obama administration, has added to a litany of strains between the
world’s biggest and third-biggest economies, including the value of
China’s currency, trade protectionism, Internet freedoms and Tibet.
The official China Daily said US weapons sales to the self-ruled
island, which China claims as its own, “inevitably cast a long shadow on
“China’s response, no matter how vehement, is justified. No country
worthy of respect can sit idle while its national security is endangered
and core interests damaged,” the English-language newspaper said in an
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the US-China relationship was
important and “I don’t think that either country can afford to simply
walk away from the other.”