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U.S. approves $1.4 billion in arms sales to Taiwan, China not happy

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The U.S. State Department announced the approval of military equipment sales to Taiwan valued at approximately $1.4 billion in a move that is likely to anger China.

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The approval came in the form of a notification to Congress of seven proposed defence deals.

The equipment includes technical support for early warning radar surveillance, missiles and torpedoes.

The sales represent upgrades, including equipment needed to convert current defensive systems from analogue to digital, a US government official said.

US arms sales to Taiwan comply with the Taiwan Relations Act and are based on an assessment of Taiwan's defence needs, the official said.

They reflect no change in the long-standing 'one China' policy that recognizes the People's Republic of China, he added.

U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and sanctions against some Chinese entities and individuals undermine the mutual confidence between China and the United States, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai said Thursday.

"And all these actions - sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan - will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit," Cui told reporters.

Stressing that China is always firmly opposed to arms sales to Taiwan, which, Cui said, violate the one-China principle as well as the three joint communiques between China and the United States.

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