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UNITED STATES Taiwan Deal Damages China-U.S. Relations President bush provoked anger in china and deepened international concern about his Administration's foreign policy by unequivocally promising to defend Taiwan in the event of conflict with China. Only days after U.S.-China talks failed to resolve the spy-plane incident, Bush approved the sale of a package of military hardware to Taiwan — but not the high-tech naval radar system that Taipei had requested. It was unclear how Washington would deliver diesel-powered submarines built by Germany and the Netherlands, which refuse to sell arms to Taiwan. China said the promise to supply...

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