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Chinese FM urges U.S. to revoke arms sales to Taiwan

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Thursday urged the United States to correct its error by immediately revoking its arms sales plan to Taiwan so as to safeguard the overall situation of Sino-U.S. relations as well as peace and stability across the Taiwan Straits.

Yang made the remarks when he delivered a speech to members of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and the US- China Business Council here in New York on the sidelines of the annual general debate of the United Nations General Assembly.

Yang called on the U.S. to fully recognize the great sensitivity and gravity of arms sales to Taiwan, attach high importance to and seriously treat China's solemn stance.

He also urged the U.S. side to stop selling arms to Taiwan and ceasing its military links with Taiwan.

Regardless of China's repeated solemn representations, the U.S. administration announced Wednesday a new arms package worth 5.852 billion U.S. dollars to Taiwan, which includes the so-called " upgrading" of F-16A/B fighter jets.

Yang said respecting each other's core interest is the principle underpinning China-U.S. cooperation.

"We should cherish our cooperation, as it embodies the important common interests of our two countries," said the foreign minister, adding "When it comes to major issues concerning China's sovereignty, security and development interests, the United States should handle them with extreme care so as to prevent interference and setbacks in China-U.S. relations."

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