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Huanqiu: China Should Retaliate against the U.S. for its Arms Sale to Taiwan

Huanqiu published an editorial advocating that China should take substantive actions to retaliate against the U.S. for its arms sale to Taiwan. “This would involve some risk. The worst result would be that the U.S. brings in China’s neighboring countries and reacts. The best result would be China taking action on one issue but having an overall impact throughout.” According to Huanqiu, the U.S. arms sale is the right issue. “China can retaliate in many ways. China can announce that it suspends all military exchanges with the U.S. In addition, China can announce that it launches investigations into the U.S. companies that participate in the arms sale and can sanction those companies. China can also reduce imports from the U.S. so that the number of the jobs lost would offset the number of the jobs gained in the arms sale. … What we need to do is to share the pain with the U.S, instead of China bearing the pain by itself. Let us believe: we can do it.”

Source: Huanqiu, September 24, 2011