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US-China tensions

Declassified cables show US assurances of arms sales to Taiwan

Hostile stance by China will invalidate arrangements with Beijing, Reagan promised

An F-16 fighter jet over an air force base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The island recently unveiled an F-16 maintenance hub backed by the U.S., signaling an open military cooperation between Taipei and Washington.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- The U.S. on Monday declassified documents detailing the security assurances it made to Taiwan in 1982, in a step aimed at warning Beijing against acting militarily against the island.

The declassification, which serves to shed light on and reaffirm Washington's historical stance on the Taiwan issue, comes amid U.S. suspicion that China might take an aggressive turn in its approach to what it sees as a runaway province, following its clampdown on Hong Kong this past year.

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