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China angered by latest US arms sale plan for Taiwan

Published on Apr 9, 2014 3:58 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Defence Ministry expressed anger on Wednesday after the United States House of Representatives agreed to authorise the sale to Taiwan of four second-hand US warships, saying the United States had ignored Chinese protests.

China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since defeated Nationalist forces fled to the island 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.

The US legislation also reaffirmed the Taiwan Relations Act, which obligates the United States to come to Taiwan's aid in the event of an attack, and was enacted in 1979 when Washington severed formal ties with the island in favour of recognising the People's Republic of China in Beijing.

China's Defence Ministry said it was resolutely opposed to all arms sales to Taiwan, saying it was an interference in China's internal affairs.

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