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Military ties with US cut over Taiwan

Associated Press / January 31, 2010

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China
BEIJING - China suspended military exchanges with the United States, threatened unprecedented sanctions against American defense companies, and warned yesterday that cooperation would suffer after Washington announced $6.4 billion in planned arms sales to Taiwan. The response to Friday’s US announcement, while not unexpected, indicated that China plans to put up a greater challenge than usual.

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