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25 July 2002

U.S. Sanctions Chinese, Indian Entities for Proliferation Violations

(State's Boucher said sanctions do not extend to governments) (805)
The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on nine Chinese entities and
one Indian individual for the transfer of goods and technology that
contribute to the efforts of Iran and Iraq to acquire chemical weapons
and advanced conventional weapons, State Department spokesman Richard
Boucher said in a statement July 24.
Boucher said the sanctions were imposed in response to violations of
the 1992 Iran-Iraq Non-Proliferation Act and the 1991 Chemical
Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act (CBW). He said
the sanctions do not apply to the Chinese or Indian governments.
Following is the text of Boucher's statement:
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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman, Richard Boucher
July 24, 2002
Press Statement by Richard Boucher
U.S. Imposes Iran-Iraq Act and Chemical Biological Weapons (CBW)
Sanctions Against Chinese and Indian Entities
On July 9, 2002, pursuant to the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act
of 1992 ("Iran-Iraq Act") and the Chemical and Biological Weapons
Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 ("Chemical Biological
Weapons Sanctions Law"), the U.S. Government imposed sanctions on nine
Chinese entities and one Indian individual for knowingly and
materially contributing, through the transfer of goods or technology,
to the efforts of Iran or Iraq to acquire chemical weapons or
destabilizing numbers and types of advanced conventional weapons.
Sanctions have been imposed on the following entities under both the
Iran-Iraq Act and the Chemical Biological Weapons Sanctions Law:
-- Jiangsu Yongli Chemicals and Technology Import and Export
Corporation (Chinese company)
-- Q.C. Chen (Chinese citizen)
-- China Machinery and Equipment Import Export Corporation (Chinese
company)
-- China National Machinery and Equipment Import Export Corporation
(Chinese company)
-- CMEC Machinery and Electric Equipment Import and Export Company
Ltd. Chinese company)
-- CMEC Machinery and Electrical Import Export Company, Ltd. (Chinese
company)
-- China Machinery and Electric Equipment Import and Export Company
(Chinese company)
-- Wha Cheong Tai Company Ltd. (Chinese company)
Sanctions have been imposed on two additional entities, under the
Iran-Iraq Act only:
-- China Shipbuilding Trading Company (Chinese company)
-- Hans Raj Shiv (previously residing in India, and last believed to
be in the Middle East)
The sanctions were imposed on specific named persons and entities, and
do not extend or apply to the Chinese or Indian Governments.
Nonproliferation is a key issue in our bilateral relationship with the
People s Republic of China, and we will continue to seek Chinese
cooperation in resolving areas of concern.
Under the Iran-Iraq Act, for a period of two years, the U.S.
Government shall not procure, or enter into any contract for the
procurement of, any goods, services or technology from the sanctioned
entities or persons, nor issue any license for any export by or to the
sanctioned persons or entities.
The Chemical Biological Weapons Sanctions Law prohibits the U.S.
Government from procuring any goods or services from the sanctioned
entities, and prohibits the importation into the United States of any
products produced by these entities. The sanctions will remain in
place for a period of at least one year or until further notice.
This is the first time sanctions have been imposed under the Iran-Iraq
Act since it was passed by Congress in 1992. Since 1994, under the
Chemical Biological Weapons Sanctions Law, the U.S. Government has
imposed sanctions on a number of foreign entities in several
countries. The names of all entities that have been sanctioned under
this law were publicized in the Federal Register at the time sanctions
were imposed. Notice of the July 9 determination to impose sanctions
against the entities will be published later this week in the Federal
Register.
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
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(Distributed by the Office of International Information Programs, U.S.
Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)
      



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