U.S. arms sales to Taiwan biggest obstacle to China-U.S. military ties

May 25th, 2010 - 7:05 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 25 (ANI): U.S. arms sales to Taiwan remain the biggest obstacle to China-U.S. military ties, Xinhua quoted a senior Chinese military official, as saying on Tuesday.

Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, made these remarks during a meeting with U.S. Pacific Command chief Admiral Robert Willard and Wallace Gregson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.

They are attending the second round of China-U.S. strategic and economic dialogues in Beijing.

The meeting was the first high-ranking military talks between the two sides since China partially halted military exchange programs between the two countries in January in protest over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Ma said the arms sales, frequent reconnaissance by the U.S. naval ships and aircraft in the waters and airspace of China’s exclusive economic zones, and some laws have long remained the foremost obstacles to stable China-U.S. military relations. (ANI)

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