China lodges protest over Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill


China has lodged “stern representations” with the United States after President Barack Obama signed into law a U.S. defense policy bill that suggests a plan to conduct high-level military exchanges with self-ruled Taiwan.

Part of the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act “expresses the sense of Congress that (the U.S. Department of Defense) should conduct a program of senior military exchanges between the United States and Taiwan”.

In a statement late Sunday, China’s Foreign Ministry said it had lodged a protest with the United States over the Taiwan content of the act and expressed its strong opposition.

Taiwan is Chinese territory and purely an internal matter, the ministry said.

It noted that the part of the defense policy bill referring to Taiwan was not legally binding, but said it was an interference with China’s internal affairs that China could not accept.

“We urge the U.S. side to abide by its promises made to China on the Taiwan issue, stop U.S.-Taiwan military contacts and arms sales to Taiwan, to avoid damaging Sino-U.S. ties and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.”

China was upset earlier this month after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump talked by telephone with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen.

Defeated Nationalist forces fled to Taiwan at the end of a civil war with the Communists in 1949. China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.

(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Richard Pullin)

Source: Reuters “China lodges protest over Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill”

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10 Comments on “China lodges protest over Taiwan content in U.S. defense bill”

  1. Simon says:

    The agreement between China and America about Taiwan is neither sides should upset the current status quo that is the One China Policy were Taiwan can perserve its political entity without shift in policy. What we have now is America making changes and upsetting the status quo so this agreement has been broken not by Beijing but Washington. This means China don’t have to keep its promise not to take Taiwan by force.

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    • Steve says:

      Its American demon-cracy. The Taiwanese may soon march against each other between the pro Beijing and pro independence. Tsai is either a very brave woman or plain stupid.

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      • Jane says:

        American democracy has been crazy for a long time. The U.S. Congress likes to pass anti-Chinese laws that are “not legally binding.” This is not the first time it has happened.

        For example, they renamed the street address of the Chinese Embassy after Liu Xiaobo, They didn’t rename the street; they only renamed the address of the Chinese embassy. All the other embassies on the same street kept their address.

        However, the post office said that they would keep delivering mail to the Chinese embassy at the original address. Google Maps still gives directions to the Chinese embassy at the original address. The electric company still supplies power to the original address.

        The law had no actual effect on anyone who uses addresses! It was passed only to insult China.

        Other countries do not do stupid stuff like this. Other countries treat the law as a dignified subject. They do not add nonbinding insults against other countries to their laws. Only the U.S. Congress does this.

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  2. Joe says:

    Get used to it China. You built these islands to monitor traffic in the South China Sea so now accept the fact that other navies will monitor you.

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    • Whites are Evil says:

      Where are those precious WMD in Iraq, you mass murdering white “Christian”?

      nypost – us is the greatest threat to world peace poll

      Killing Hope C I Interventions II

      Going to War – Unraveling the Tangled Web of American Pretext Stratagems (1846-1989)

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    • Simon says:

      Other navies? What other navies? The yanks FON would not even dare to drop anchor or conduct any manoeuvres while passing throught Chinese water claiming innocent passage and submit to be escort and answerable to the Chinese navy. That is an admission of Chinese soveignty. Whats more the yanks had their under water spy drone siezed in water not claim by China right in front of an American navy ship. Fact is the American can no longer conduct any actual military activities in SCS areas claim by China and they can only go their if they sit tight act innocent and do nothing.

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      • Frank says:

        The answer to your questions about other navy’s sailing in the South China Sea (SCS)is here:

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4000826/Britain-sail-new-flagship-aircraft-carrier-squadron-Typhoons-disputed-South-China-Sea-strength-aimed-China.html

        These will present more problems for China, as it seems the world is not ready to surrender the SCS to China.

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        • Steve says:

          U have being hoodwinked by your own delusions..The daily mail, reuters, national interest, washington post, etc are not worth the reading papers. What world problems for China.? The lies and deceit of western propaganda has already being solved and shelved. The SCS littoral 10 member states belong to the ASEAN and has being solved by ASEAN. The farcical PCA arbitral ruling was supported by the UK, US, Japs, Australia, Philippines. Not surprising the 4 genocidal quadruplets of UK, US, Japs and Australia (famous for it’s historical genocidal slaughter, lately Iraq, Libya, Syria) are staunch supporters of the arbitration because they want to rule the SCS, but what is most surprising are the 71 international member states that supported China against the illegal PCA arbitral ruling. Furthermore, the Philippines has asked the US to get Stuffed and pivoted to China.Why.? because they understand the farcical PCA award has no legs to stand on. Don’t get hoodwinked by the Pommie one eyed Jack daily mail. U need to smarten up. The good old genocidal days of UK is now Brexit and has even pivoted to China.

          As for your UK naval fleet, 70% of the 19 destroyers and frigates are outdated junk. They are the Type 23 and 45, notorious for engine and mechanical failure. The boats are better off docking in UK to protect the nation against the wooden fleet of Napolean Bonaparte. The Typhoons are already outclassed by the French Dassault and will become a shooting gallery for China’s J10s, J11s, J15s, J16s and J20s. Even India prefers the Dassault. The Russian Su 30 Jets piloted by the Indians won every contest against the pathetic Typhoons earlier this year. I supposed it makes the UK carrier flagship looks good with the remaining 30% useable warships sailing across the Pacific, but definitely Not into China’s SCS sovereignty. Don’t get hoodwinked by US/UK/JAP/AUST propaganda. They are the famous genocidal quadruplet siblings stuck from head to toenails invading sovereign countries. Just think what happened to the Iraq genocide and lies of Tony Blair/ George Bush/John Howard.

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    • Steve says:

      U are completely irrelevant, off the point and a vey confused brain head. Go soak some brain juice and smarten up, otherwise stop embarrassing yourself.

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