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China Sells Arms to Terrorists

Wednesday, 28 September 2005 12:00 AM

The Bush administration has elected to waive sanctions against China for its proliferation of advanced weapons to nations hostile to the United States such as Iran.

"A determination has been made to extend the waiver of import sanctions against certain activities of the Chinese Government," noted the official statement released by the State Department.

According to the State Department, the sanctions were imposed because of "activities of the Chinese government relating to the development or production of any missile equipment or technology and activities of the Chinese government affecting the development or production of electronics, space systems or equipment, and military aircraft."

While the Bush administration has declined to impose sanctions on China, Beijing has decided to develop and sell more advanced weapons. The China National Precision Machinery Import and Export Corp. (CPMIEC) has released detailed information on a new cruise missile for export.

The YJ-62 anti-ship missile is now being offered to Chinese military customers for export under the designation of C602. The turbojet-powered missile has a range of 174 miles and flies a low-level mission, skimming the sea surface at 98 feet. During the attack phase, the missile dives under 30 feet to avoid defense detection.

The C602 resembles the U.S. Navy Tomahawk in that it has a conventional mid-body wing, which deploys after launch. The engine inlet is mounted slightly forward of a cruciform tail configuration. The YJ-62 will arm Chinese navy guided-missile destroyers. Two of the new 052C destroyers under construction are fitted with four-canister launchers.

Chinese officials claimed that the C602 export version of the cruise missile uses a strap-down laser ring gyro system coupled with GPS, and agile frequency radar for better attack targeting.

China is also offering an advanced version of the C802 anti-ship missile for export. The C802A has an extended range of over 100 miles and a new turbo-jet propulsion system. The C802A can be adapted for air, land, sea or submarine launch. China has previously sold copies of the C802 to Iran, and the Iranians are expected to arm their aircraft and new Russian submarines with the deadly missile.

China has also put a new land-attack cruise missile on display. The YJ-63 has become China's first in-service land-attack missile. The YJ-63 is clearly related to the Silkworm and Russian Styx-class cruise missile but is powered by an advanced turbo-jet.

YJ-63 missile technology appears to be identical to the Iranian Raad missile co-developed by Tehran and Beijing. The Raad missile provides Iran with a long-range standoff-attack capability against naval targets. Iranian press reports describe Raad as capable of being ship- or shore-launched. The Raad is reportedly in production.

According to Aviation Week, Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani was reported saying that Raad had a range in excess of 300 miles.

While the missile appears intended for the anti-ship role, it can be employed as a land-attack weapon. The Silkworm missile on which Raad is based carries a 1,100-pound warhead. This allows the Raad to be fitted with a biological, chemical or nuclear payload.

China is reported to have provided Iran with the technology to produce the HY-2 Silkworm. Beijing has repeatedly said that it would abide by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) in order to avoid economic and political sanctions required by the MTCR agreements. The nonbinding MTCR requirements restrict ballistic or cruise missiles capable of delivering a 500-kilogram payload over 300 kilometers. The performance of the Raad exceeds the MTCR restrictions.

China has not limited its proliferation efforts to cruise missiles. The Washington Times reports that a senior House staffer back from a fact-finding trip to Afghanistan said the Taliban and al-Qaida enemy are increasingly turning to Chinese-made arms to fight U.S. troops.

U.S. officials are concerned because new Chinese-made AK-47 rifles and advanced electronic land mines are falling into Taliban and al-Qaida hands. The source said the weapons are bought on the black market, some with proceeds from opium and heroin sales.

In addition, the Washington Times reports that Pakistani forces recovered an unmanned aircraft and seized 21 militants in a raid on suspected al-Qaida hideouts in the tribal areas near Afghanistan.

Pakistani commander Lt. Gen. Safdar Hussain stated that the militants used a Chinese-made unmanned spy plane to follow security forces in the rugged area of North Waziristan near the Afghan border. The 21 suspects were detained in a raid on a compound and religious school near the region's main town of Miranshah. The raid netted several leading militants and some non-Pakistani "foreigners."

Americans and our allies will continue to die from Chinese weapons sold to Taliban and al-Qaida terrorists as Beijing goes unpunished. Chinese generals will continue to sell their weaponry to anyone with the cash, even if it comes from heroin sales.

The Bush administration has given China a free pass on sanctions. Beijing has taken the free pass for what it really is – a sign of weakness.



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