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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 
missiles.

   "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.

 
 
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