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Beijing blasts missile sale

STAFF WRITER

China yesterday warned Washington not to treat Taiwan as a "protectorate of the United States" and again slammed the possible sale of advanced US-built air-to-air missiles to the island. A foreign ministry spokesman said Beijing was concerned about reports that the US was considering delivering 120 AIM-120 advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles to Taiwan. "Taiwan is not a protectorate of the United States," Liu Jianchao told reporters. "Arms sales to Taiwan seriously interfere with China's internal affairs and put up obstacles to the efforts of the Chinese government to bring about reunification," he said.

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