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Trump’s Honeymoon With China Is Coming To An End

DC/June 29, 2017 (AP)(STL.News) – The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday.Addressing reporters, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the administration has told Congress of the seven proposed arms sales to Taiwan that includes technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components.The State Department also issued a statement marking the 20th anniversary of the transfer of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China, saying the U.S. was “concerned about any infringements on civil liberties” in Hong Kong.WASHINGTON, D.C.: Donald Trump’s administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a U.S. government official said on Thursday (Friday in Manila), a move that irked Beijing which considers the island a rebel province. The U.S. has made clear to China that Chinese banks and companies conducting business with Pyongyang will face sanctions, if there is no movement on North Korea’s nuclear activities, said the official, according to a participant in the meeting.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing that Beijing has lodged a formal protest with Washington and urged the USA government to “uphold its solemn commitment to the One-China principle”. “The United States has been doing defense sales with Taiwan for 50 years or so”.”It shows, we believe, our support for Taiwan’s ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense policy”, Nauert said.However, the last few month of U.S.’ engagement with China were relatively calm following Trump’s initial phone call with China’s President Xi Jinping, when he endorsed the United States’ long-standing One China policy. China is also steaming after the Department of the Treasury sanctioned a Chinese bank accused of laundering money for North Korea.China’s Defence Ministry said Taiwan is the “most important, most sensitive core issue in Sino-US ties”, and it warned the US to end such sales to avoid further damaging peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.In June Trump again targeted China on Twitter and wrote that while he “greatly” appreciated “the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out, ” reports said.Last month, a U.S. navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of Mischief reef in a contentious so-called freedom of navigation operation, the first such challenge since Trump took power. China represents about 90 percent of North Korea’s trade.”At least I know China tried!”Reform of military pensions is expected to be the most hard to negotiate.China lashed out at the United States over the Trump administration’s approval of a Taiwan arms deal, with the authorities demanding the U.S. stop the sales.China has filed “solemn representations” with the USA on the matter and “stresses that no one can shake the Chinese government’s determination to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity”, he added.