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China has asked the United States on Tuesday to work on improving bilateral relations, which were affected due to an announced arms sale to Taiwan and a recent meeting of President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama.

The message was issued by Spokesman of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Qin Gang, who underlined that both actions seriously have damaged the links between the two countries.

Qin reiterated that the White House should respect the principles established in the joint declaration and communiqué that refer to their bilateral ties.

Tensions between Washington and Beijing grew after the United States announced plans to sale arms to Taiwan valued at $6,4 billion last month and also after the meetings of Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the Dalai Lama, who persistently spur a campaign to separate Tibet from China.

The Chinese Government strongly protested against such welcoming and warned it was harmful for bilateral relations, which had already registered the suspension of military contacts and talks on security issues as Beijing's response for the arms sales to Taiwan.

Source: PL

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