Taiwan Arms Sales A Storm In A Teacup

Beijing’s response to last week’s announcement of the U.S.’s $6.5 billion arms sale to Taiwan has been prompt if largely symbolic: cancellations of military and diplomatic exchanges with the U.S.

Several planned senior level visits and military-to-military exchanges for this month have been scrapped, according to the U.S. Defense Department. The U.S. State Department says China has also pulled out of some meetings on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

At the weekend, state media scolded the U.S. over the sales, saying they endangered China’s national security and would have an adverse effect on Sino-U.S. relations. So all in all it looks as if this will all blow over.

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