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China must stop missile supplies to Pakistan: US

China must stop missile supplies to Pakistan: US

Author: Reuters
Publication: Yahoo News
Date: November 30, 2001
URL: http://us.f100.mail.yahoo.com/ym/login?.rand=bo4db43hiknhk

Washington, November 30: The United States, underscoring a post-September 11 pledge to defeat terrorism, will hang tough in high-level talks with China on Friday and renew a demand that the Chinese curb missile cooperation with Pakistan, a senior US official said.

US Under Secretary of State John Bolton and Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Wang Guangya are expected to hold the most extensive senior-level non-proliferation talks between their countries since President George W. Bush took office in January. The September 11 attacks on New York and Washington have added urgency to the goal of halting the spread of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons that could fall into the hands of extremists.

Expectations are low, however, that Washington and Beijing can reach an agreement that would justify the lifting of US sanctions that have delayed the export of American communications satellites to China. China asked for Friday's meeting. Bush told Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Shanghai last month that "non-proliferation is a serious issue," another official told Reuters.

"'You've got to deal with it. You can't have the kind of relationship with the United States that you want until we deal with it,'" the official said, summarising Bush's message. The White House denies any advance knowledge of what Wang may say.

WASHINGTON WILL BE LISTENING

"We don't have any reason to believe the Chinese position has changed," the senior official said on Thursday, adding: "But we'll be listening... We'll be interested to hear what they say." As for the American position, he said: "We've told them before. We haven't changed in five months. It's still the same." If there is time, the United States may also use the meeting to voice its concern about China's biological weapons programme.

China's priorities are to talk about lifting the sanctions and to learn the status of US missile defence negotiations with Russia, the senior US Official said. The US preference would be to deal with Beijing's "proliferation behaviour" across a range of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, he said. But, "frankly, if they can't address the missile sanction issue, then there is not a lot of point in talking about other aspects (of proliferation) at this stage," he added.
 


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