China protests US de­fense bill

One sec­tion di­rects military to hold Tai­wan ex­changes

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - TOP NEWS - By AN BAIJIE an­bai­jie@chi­

Penal­ties tougher for four be­hav­iors

China lodged a protest with the United States for sign­ing a de­fense act that in­cluded a call for se­nior military ex­changes be­tween the US and Tai­wan, the For­eign Min­istry said on Mon­day.

“We are res­o­lutely against the Tai­wan-re­lated sec­tion in the US Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act for Fis­cal Year 2017, and have lodged solemn rep­re­sen­ta­tions with the US,” min­istry spokes­woman Hua Chun­y­ing told a reg­u­lar news con­fer­ence.

Part of the $618.7 bil­lion Na­tional De­fense Au­tho­riza­tion Act di­rects the US Depart­ment of De­fense to con­duct a pro­gram of se­nior military ex­changes be­tween the US and Tai­wan, Reuters re­ported.

Not­ing that the Tai­wan ques­tion has a bear­ing on China’s sovereignty and ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, Hua said that “China will by no means ac­cept” the stip­u­la­tion of the US de­fense act.

“Al­though the Tai­wan-re­lated con­tent in the US act has no le­gal bind­ing force, it se­verely vi­o­lates the three joint com­mu­niques and in­ter­feres with China’s do­mes­tic af­fairs,” she said, adding that China urges the US to end military ex­changes with and weapons sales to Tai­wan. The three

It se­verely vi­o­lates the three joint com­mu­niques and in­ter­feres with China’s do­mes­tic af­fairs.” Hua Chun­y­ing, spokes­woman for For­eign Min­istry

com­mu­niques were cru­cial agree­ments in the nor­mal­iza­tion of diplo­matic re­la­tions be­tween the US and China.

Hua praised the re­cent re­marks by Zbig­niew Brzezin­ski, the na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser to for­mer US pres­i­dent Jimmy Carter. Brzezin­ski told WorldPost — a part­ner­ship be­tween on­line news ag­gre­ga­tor Huff­in­g­ton Post and in­de­pen­dent think tank the Berggruen In­sti­tute — last week that “a world in which Amer­ica and China are co­op­er­at­ing is a world in which Amer­i­can in­flu­ence is max­i­mized”.

“It is not in our in­ter­est to an­tag­o­nize Bei­jing,” Brzezin­ski was quoted as say­ing. He crit­i­cized the phone call be­tween US pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump and Tai­wan leader Tsai Ing-wen on Dec 2 as “a point­less ir­ri­tant”.

“Co­op­er­a­tion is the only right choice be­tween China and the US,” Hua said, adding that the two coun­tries should ad­here to the prin­ci­ple of non­con­flict, non-con­fronta­tion, mu­tual re­spect and co­op­er­a­tion for win-win re­sults.

Tang Shao-cheng, a re­search fel­low in the In­sti­tute of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at Na­tional Chengchi Univer­sity in Taipei, said that al­though the US de­fense act looks like a mea­sure that is friendly to­ward Tai­wan, it is hard to say whether it would ben­e­fit Tai­wan.

Tai­wan is a valu­able chip for the US to curb the rise of the Chi­nese main­land, Tang wrote in an ar­ti­cle in the Taipeibased China Times, not­ing that it was Tsai’s re­fusal to ac­cept the 1992 Con­sen­sus, which es­tab­lishes the one-China pol­icy, that led to the is­land’s self-lim­i­ta­tion.

Merry mo­ment

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