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US ‘Trying to Damage’ Cross-Straits Ties

By Li Xiaokun
May 22, 2012
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The United States is trying to spoil relations between Beijing and Taipei by deliberately playing up the imbalance in their military power in a Pentagon report, the Defense Ministry said on Monday.

Moreover, the report also serves as an excuse to sell 66 US F-16 jets to Taiwan, ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng said in a news release on the ministry's website.

"In trying to find excuses to sell arms to Taiwan, the US has been deliberately playing up the imbalance in military power between the mainland and Taiwan and sowing dissension between them, irrespective of the peaceful development of relations across the Taiwan Straits," Geng said.

He made the remarks in response to the US Defense Department's annual report on China's military power, published on Friday.

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