China will suspend military exchanges with the US in response to its proposed weapons sale to Taiwan worth $6.4 billion, the BBC reports. "Considering the severe harm and odious effect of US arms sales to Taiwan, the Chinese side has decided to suspend planned mutual military visits," the Chinese defense minister was quoted as saying by China's state news agency Xinhua.
The foreign ministry also said it would impose sanctions on US companies selling weapons to Taiwan, and that the deal would have a "serious negative impact" on US/China relations, already strained by disagreements on trade and internet censorship. Earlier, China summoned US Ambassador Jon Huntsman to warn about the consequences of the deal and press for its immediate cancellation. (Read more China stories.)