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U.S. Slaps Sanctions on Chinese Arms Maker

Monday, 03 September 2001 12:00 AM

The New York Times quoted a State Dept. official as saying that the decision was a result of China's continued defiance of international agreements banning sales of missile technology and parts needed to make nuclear tipped missiles.

Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton had previously warned China that continued sales of the banned technology would lead to the sanctions now slapped on the China Metallurgical Equipment company, a firm with close ties to Beijing's communist government. The sanctions ban American companies from doing business with the Chinese company.

"The goal is to stop their missile cooperation with Pakistan, and if they stop, we could waive the sanctions," the senior official told the Times.

According to the Times, sanctions have also been imposed on the Pakistani company that imported the Chinese technology.

The decision to impose sanction came just one week after a U.S. delegation to Beijing headed by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Vann Van Diepen failed to break a deadlock over U.S. demands that China halt the transfer of technology for missiles that can carry nuclear warheads.

"They stiffed us," a member of the delegation told NewsMax.com.

State Department sources said that China refused to stop the technology transfers which they had agreed to avoid during negotiations with a team of Clinton administration experts last November. The Chinese agreed to limit missile exports that were in violation of the Missile Technology Control Regime.

Both Chinese and Pakistani officials have denied allegations of missile technology sales.

But a State Department official told the Washington Post that China's transfer of Category 2 technology had contributed to Pakistan's missile program, flouting the international guidelines established to govern the proliferation of missile parts and technology. Under the Missile Technology Control Regime, Category 1 refers to whole missiles while Category 2 includes constituent parts and technology.

As a result, it is now being reported that the Bush administration is considering whether to suspend the issuance of licenses for U.S. companies to install their satellites on Chinese rockets and make it illegal to transfer American technology to China's satellite industry.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. has decided to take these punitive steps, which could set back China's efforts to develop its industry.

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