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China slams US for selling radar system to Taiwan(04/01/04)

    BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhuanet) -- China expresses strong displeasure and firm opposition to the US approval to sell an early warning radar system to Taiwan, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Kong Quan here Thursday.

    It was reported that the Defense Security Cooperation Agency of the US Department of Defense has approved the sale of the ultra-high frequency early warning radar system to Taiwan.

    Such a move seriously violated the principles set forth in the three China-US joint communiques, in particular the Aug. 17 Communique on arms sales between the two countries, Kong told a press conference.

    It also sent a wrong signal to the separatist forces seeking Taiwan independence and will lead to further tension in the situation across the Taiwan Strait and sabotage the common interests of China and the United States, Kong stressed.

    He reiterated that the Taiwan issue remained the most importantand sensitive core issue in China-US relations. "On the Taiwan issue, which is related to China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, we show no tolerance to any move that is harmful to China's core interest by any outside force," he said.

    China demands the United States cancel relevant wrong decisionsso as to avoid sabotaging the peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and the China-US cooperation, he said.

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