Pentagon: China cancels some military contacts

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that China is canceling some military contacts as a result of America's recent announcement of a planned arms sale to Taiwan.

Defense Department spokesman Maj. Stewart Upton told the AP on Monday that Beijing has notified the U.S. that it will not go forward with some senior-level visits and some other plans.

The Chinese are angry over the U.S. decision to sell Taiwan a huge package of military items including missiles and helicopters.

Upton says the cancellations amount to a Chinese effort to politicize military relations.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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