Beijing slams Washington for forcing Sri Lanka to pick a side as US-China relations worsen

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China to make ‘necessary response’ after US approves $1.8bn arms sale to Taiwan

The spiraling war of words between China and the US has escalated in recent months in relation to Washington’s sale of arms to Taiwan and ramped-up US military operations in the South and East China Seas. In addition, the US has attempted to build a NATO-like alliance with regional powers, leading the Chinese to slam Washington’s “old-fashioned Cold War mentality.”

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