TITLE:VISITING U.S. LAWMAKERS WARN CHINA ON MISSILE SALES (08/25/93)
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VISITING U.S. LAWMAKERS WARN CHINA ON MISSILE SALES
(VOA correspondent report on Codel in China) (360)
By Chris Billing
Beijing -- A delegation of U.S. lawmakers has warned China that its reported
missile sales to Pakistan could damage Sino-U.S. relations.
U.S. Congressman Dave McCurdy says he warned Chinese officials that
Sino-U.S. ties may be moving into a difficult situation because of China's
reported sale of missile technology to Pakistan. He told a news conference
in Beijing his delegation carried a message from the Clinton administration
that a decision was imminent about whether to impose sanctions on China for
the alleged sale.
"Our challenge and our mission was to convey what we perceive the risk to be
and the severity of actions that may occur if sanctions were to be imposed,
and we would hope that there would be a resolution prior to that," McCurdy
McCurdy is a member of the House of Representatives Armed Services
Committee. He and his delegation met with Foreign Minister Qian Qichen and
other senior Chinese officials during their visit to Beijing.
The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was considering imposing sanctions
on China because of intelligence reports that China had sold Pakistan
components for the M-11 missile. U.S. officials say the sale would violate
an international agreement that restricts the sale of missiles and related
technology. McCurdy says Chinese officials consistently denied the sale
and any violation of the international agreement.
"We did raise the point consistently that they were risking sanctions if
there wasn't a better environment, a better atmosphere of exchanging
1nformation and either refuting those charges or at least seeking a form by
which those tensions could be resolved," the congressman said.
The alleged missile sale is one of several issues impairing U.S. relations
with China. On Monday, the United States criticized China's decision to
revoke the passport of a Chinese labor activist who had met with President
Clinton earlier this year. The United States also is concerned that China
is trying to sell ingredients for chemical weapons to Iran.
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