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China Says It Will Respond To Planned Taiwan-US Defense Talks

China Says It Will Respond To Planned Taiwan-US Defense Talks

China said on Wednesday it would provide a "necessary response" to a planned military dialogue between the United States and Taiwan, claimed by China, and said it strongly opposed the event.

China has been angered by increased support for the democratic island by the outgoing administration of US President Donald Trump, including new arms sales and visits to Taipei by top US officials, which have already strained the already poor links between Beijing and Washington.

The US State Department said Undersecretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper would deliver "virtual comments" on Taiwan's military and political dialogue from the State Department late Wednesday, though he did not comment further. details.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she would make a "necessary response based on how the situation unfolds" and "resolutely opposed" the talks.

China urges the United States to "immediately stop any form of official exchanges and military ties with Taiwan, to avoid further damaging stability in the Taiwan Strait and China-US relations," he added.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry said it would not give details of the talks, citing "mutual trust between Taiwan and the United States and a tacit diplomatic understanding."

"The two sides often maintain close and fluid communication on various topics of common interest, to continue deepening cooperation at all levels of politics, economy and security," said spokeswoman Joanne Ou.

Cooper met with Taiwan's top diplomat in Washington, Hsiao Bi-khim, in August and said it was a pleasure to speak with her "as we work together for regional peace and stability."

Democratic Taiwan, claimed by China as its sovereign territory, has come under increasing pressure from Beijing, which has intensified military activity near the island.

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