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08:51, June 07, 2010

Senior defense officials voice views on major issues in Asia-Pacific (2)
But General Ma Xiaotian noted that the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan is not just "an ordinary issue," but a "serious issue" disturbing the U.S.- China relations over the past 30 years.

According to the U.S.-China joint communique of Aug. 17, 1982, the U.S. stated in the communique its intention to gradually reduce the level of arms sales to Taiwan, the quality and quantity of the arms sales to Taiwan will not exceed the previous level, and will eventually figure out ways to resolve the issue.

Ma said that the arms sales issue concerns about strategic mutual trust, political foundation of bilateral cooperation, as well as the commitment to the responsibility of the communique, adding that the U.S.' neglect of its responsibilities has undoubtedly affected the cooperation between the two militaries.

There are some main obstacles in the development of bilateral military relations, such as the U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, frequent reconnaissance by the U.S. naval ships and aircraft in the waters and airspace of China's exclusive economic zones, according to Ma.

"So the barrier between U.S.-China military relations is not built by China." Ma stressed.

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