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Panetta praises China for 'professional and diplomatic' response to US arms sale to Taiwan
BALI, Indonesia (AP) ' U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is praising China for what he calls its "professional and diplomatic" response to the U.S. announcement last month of a nearly $6 billion arms sale to Taiwan, which will upgrade its F-16 fighter jets.
At a news conference on the Indonesian island of Bali, Panetta said he appreciated what he characterized as a mild Chinese response to the arms deal. China in the past has reacted sharply to U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.
China regards Taiwan as part of its territory and threatens to invade should the island ever make a declaration to formalize its de facto independence. China views U.S. military support for Taiwan as a violation of Chinese sovereignty.
Panetta is in Indonesia for talks with Southeast Asian leaders.