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TOKYO, April 13 (AP) - (Kyodo)—Two Chinese submarines and seven or eight destroyers were spotted by Japanese authorities on Saturday in the high seas between the main island of Okinawa and Miyako Island in the southernmost prefecture, Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa said Tuesday.
The defense chief said the Chinese submarines and destroyers were navigating southward, adding that Tokyo has never before confirmed such a large number of Chinese vessels near Japan.
"We will investigate whether (China) has any intention against our nation" by dispatching the vessels, Kitazawa said.
US' $6.4b deal with Taiwan puts at risk cooperation with Washington
In its toughest response in three decades to US arms sales to Taiwan, Beijing announced over the weekend that it would curtail military exchanges with Washington, and sanction US companies involved, and warned of severe harm to bilateral ties.
Though overall relations between the two world powers are unlikely to collapse over the single issue, Chinese experts said, their cooperation on key international matters such as those related to Iran, Afghanistan and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) could be severely impacted.
The Obama administration notified Congress on Friday of its proposed arms deal to Taiwan, a $6.4 billion package.
The sale includes 60 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters, 114 Patriot "Advanced Capability-3" anti-missile systems, and command-and-control enhancement. The US also will supply 12 advanced Harpoon missiles, plus two mine-hunting ships.
The package, however, did not include F-16 fighter jets, a deal many believe could have seriously roiled US-China relations.
China shares U.S. concerns about Iran's nuclear program and agreed to direct its officials to work on a UN sanctions resolution against Tehran, a U.S. official said after talks between U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.
Jeffrey Bader, Obama's top China adviser, said Obama and Hu, meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit, talked at length about Iran and discussed nuclear non-proliferation.
Obama stressed to Hu the need to act urgently against Iran's nuclear program, and Hu agreed that Beijing would help craft a UN resolution, Bader said.
Originally posted by boondock-saint
another chess piece moved in the WW3
prelude to Armageddon.
King Knight to King 2