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US, Hardening Line on China, Approves $1 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan - New York Times

WASHINGTON — The State Department approved on Thursday selling more than $1 billion in arms to Taiwan in yet another sign that the Trump administration is embracing a far more confrontational approach with China. Heather Nauert, a State Department ...and more »

US plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea. FILE ...and more »

US Targets Chinese Bank to Ramp Up Pressure on North Korea - Bloomberg

The Trump administration took steps Thursday to penalize a Chinese bank, a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese citizens in an attempt to cut off North Korea's access to the international financial system. The punitive measures ratchet up pressure ...and more »

China 'firmly' opposes US arms sale to Taiwan - Arab News

China on June 30, 2017 condemned a 1.3 billion USD arms sale to Taiwan and called on the United States to stop any weapons deal with the island, which Beijing considers a rebel province. (AFP). BEIJING: China on Friday condemned a $1.3 billion US arms ...and more »

China's envoy in Washington bemoans US arms sale to Taiwan - Deutsche Welle

Chinese officials have reacted angrily after the US announced it plans to sell $1.4 billion in arms to Taiwan. China's envoy to the US warned that US actions were undermining bilateral relations between the two. USA China Donald Trump und Xi Jinping ...and more »

What Trump's new policy on North Korea means for China - South China Morning Post

In urging all sides to consider a new policy towards North Korea, including military options, President Donald Trump is signalling his intent to grab the proverbial bull by the horns. But no one should assume that the previous policy of relying on ...and more »

Trump risks angering China with $1.4bn arms deal to Taiwan - The Guardian

General Wang Shin-lung, commander of the Taiwan army, at a military ceremony. Photograph: MILITARY NEWS AGENCY / HANDOUT HANDOUT/EPA. The US state department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4bn, the first such deal with the self ...and more »

Ex-nuke commanders: Talk to North Korea, open NATO-Russia dialogue - Politico

An international group of ex-nuclear commanders Wednesday issued the first in a series of recommendations to world leaders to head off the rising threat of a nuclear war — calling on the Trump administration to open direct talks with North Korea ...and more »

Why Trump's $1.42bn Taiwan arms sale could backfire with China - The Guardian

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping walking together in Florida in April. Photograph: Alex Brandon/AP. The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China's president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet ...and more »

Trump sanctions Chinese bank in bid to rein in North Korea - CNNMoney

The Trump administration on Thursday moved to block a Chinese bank with alleged illicit financial ties to North Korea from gaining access to the U.S. banking system. In an effort to increase pressure on North Korea to curb its nuclear and ballistic ...and more »