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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying's Remarks on the China-Related Content of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act Approved by the US Congress

2012/12/23

Q: The 2013 National Defense Authorization Act approved by the US Congress requires the US President to sell F16-C/D fighter jets to Taiwan and states that the Diaoyu Islands issue falls under the scope of the US-Japan Security Treaty. What is China's comment?

A: China is seriously concerned about and firmly opposed to the China-related content of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act approved by the US Congress.

China's position on the Diaoyu Islands issue is consistent and clear. The Diaoyu Island and its affiliated islands have been China's inherent territory since ancient times. As a bilateral arrangement made under special historical conditions, the US-Japan Security Treaty should not undermine any third party's interests, including those of China and even less should it interfere in the territorial dispute between other countries.

China strongly opposes any country's arms sales to Taiwan. We urge some US parliamentarians to discard the Cold War mentality, take into consideration regional peace and stability, adhere to the principles of the three China-US Joint Communiqués, earnestly respect China's core interests, do more for regional peace and stability, the steady development of China-US relations as well as the peaceful development of cross-Strait relations, instead of the other way around.

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