War of Words Over Arms Sales to Taiwan


American manufacturers of weapons and aerospace systems could face a backlash over a $6.4 billion defense systems deal between the U.S. and Taiwan, which the China claims could hurt its national security. Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi went so far as to say the U.S. should "truly respect China's core interests and major concerns, and immediately rescind the mistaken decision ... in order to avoid damaging broader China-U.S. relations," according to the Xinhua news agency. The Chinese consider Taiwan a rogue province of China with no national standing of its own.