Contacts with China's
military would likely be the first to suffer if Beijing moves to
retaliate over upcoming US arms sales to Taiwan — the latest in a
flurry of disputes elevating tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu warned that the Obama administration
risked damaging ties with China if it proceeds with the arms package
deal, which is likely to include Black Hawk helicopters and Patriot
"Once again, we urge the US side to recognize the
sensitivity of weapon sales to Taiwan and its gravity," Ma told
reporters Tuesday at a regularly scheduled news conference. He said
failure to halt the sales would "impair the larger interests of
Ma's comments were echoed Wednesday by
the Cabinet's Taiwan Affairs Office which handles contacts with Taiwan,
considered by Beijing to be a breakaway province.
"Our stance of
opposing arms sales to Taiwan by any country is consistent and clear,"
spokesman Yang Yi said. "We feel that advancing the peaceful
development of cross-strait relations is the only real way to benefit
Taiwan's peace and stability."