Antagonism

China Hits Back After U.S.-Taiwan Deal

In response to the new $6 billion arms deal between Taiwan and the U.S., China has suspended military exchanges with the United States, according to The Washington Post. The announcement came along with a statement from the Chinese Defense Ministry saying, “Considering the severe harm and odious effect of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, the Chinese side has decided to suspend planned mutual military visits,” and the vice minister of foreign affairs described the mood in the Chinese government as “strongly indignant.” The planned deal with Taiwan is part of a package put together by George W. Bush, and will involve the sale of weapons and equipment including Black Hawk helicopters, information technology, mine-hunting ships, and Patriot missiles.