China has criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies accused of exporting missile technology and accused the United States of hypocrisy for selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles
BEIJING – China on Friday criticized Washington for imposing sanctions on Chinese companies that the United States says export missile technology, and accused the United States of hypocrisy in selling nuclear-capable cruise missiles.
The United States announced sanctions against three companies it said were involved in unspecified “missile technology proliferation activities.” It said they were excluded from US markets and from providing technology that could be used to make weapons.
China accounted for about 5% of global arms exports in 2016-20, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute. The United States was the largest global exporter, accounting for 37% of the total volume in 2016-20.
Cruise missiles and long-range ballistic missiles are considered among China’s strengths in weapons technology.
Zhao defended Beijing’s control of arms exports. He said China was opposed to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and strictly controlled the export of missiles.
“Normal cooperation between China and relevant countries does not violate any international law and does not involve the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction,” Zhao said.
Zhao pointed to U.S. plans to sell the Australian government’s Tomahawk cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
“The United States has openly pursued double standards,” Zhao said.
The latest US sanctions 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.