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Hu warns US on handling of Taiwan, Tibet

‘CORE INTERESTS’:The Chinese president said that the two issues must be handled well or relations between the two countries might face constant trouble or tension

By William Lowther  /  Staff Reporter in WASHINGTON

“Despite recent overtures in cross-Strait relations, Beijing continues to modernize its military and expand its arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles targeting Taiwan in ways that raise serious questions about the sincerity of China’s charm offensive,” the letter added. “In this context, the Congress continues to view the judicious sale of defensive weapons systems, such as advanced fighter aircraft, as an essential element of United States support for a secure, stable and democratic Taiwan, as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” it said.

China strongly opposes all arms sales to Taiwan, but has let it be known in Washington that it is particularly against Taiwan’s request to buy 66 new advanced F-16 fighters.

Congressional sources said that the letter handed to Hu by Ros-Lehtinen was meant to demonstrate that despite Chinese objections, there remains considerable support for the F-16 sale on Capitol Hill.

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