Thursday, February 25, 2010
China firm on suspending US ties
Amid strained China-US ties over Washington's sale of arms to Taiwan, China has urged the US to be cautious to prevent more damage.
"China demands that the US speak and act cautiously to avoid causing further damage to relations between the two countries," Huang Xueping, spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Defense, said on Thursday.
He also noted that Beijing would not reverse its decision to suspend bilateral military plans with Washington.
"China's decision to suspend planned China-US military visits has not changed."
The tension between the two countries emerged after the US announced in January that it would sell $6.4 billion of arms to Taiwan.
The deal included Patriot missiles, Black Hawk helicopters and equipment for Taiwan's F-16 fleet.
China, which views Taiwan as part of its territory, reacted to Washington's move by imposing sanctions on US companies involved in the military agreement.
The Pentagon said earlier on Wednesday that Beijing also postponed several high-profile military exchanges with Washington.
A number of other issues such as US President Barack Obama's meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama, and Google's claims of being targeted by cyber attacks in China have worsened ties between the two major powers.
Xueping's remarks, reported by the Xinhua news agency, indicates China has not put aside the public ire with Washington, despite allowing a US aircraft carrier to visit Hong Kong last week.