China Criticizes US Missile Sanctions 01/21 06:03
China on Friday criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese
companies the U.S. says exported missile technology and accused the United
States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles.
BEIJING (AP) -- China on Friday criticized Washington for imposing sanctions
on Chinese companies the U.S. says exported missile technology and accused the
United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles.
The United States announced penalties on three companies it said were
engaged in unspecified "missile technology proliferation activities." It said
they were barred from U.S. markets and from obtaining technology that can be
used to make weapons.
"This is a typical hegemonic action. China strongly deplores and firmly
opposes it," said a foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian. "China urges the
United States to immediately correct its mistakes, revoke the relevant
sanctions and stop suppressing Chinese enterprises and smearing China."
China accounted for about 5% of global weapons exports in 2016-20, according
to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United States was
the top global exporter, accounting for 37% of the total in 2016-20.
Cruise missiles and long-range ballistic missiles are regarded as among
China's strengths in weapons technology.
Zhao defended Beijing's controls on weapons exports. He said China opposes
proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and strictly controls exports of
"Normal cooperation between China and relevant countries doesn't violate any
international law and doesn't involve proliferation of WMD," Zhao said.
Zhao pointed to U.S. plans to sell Australia's government Tomahawk cruise
missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
"The United States has overtly pursued double standards," Zhao said.
The latest U.S. penalties apply to China Aerospace Science and Technology
Corp. First Academy, China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. Fourth Academy
and Poly Technologies Inc. and their subsidiaries.