U.S., China Continue Missile Proliferation Talks

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U.S., China Continue Missile Proliferation Talks


In the highest-level nonproliferation talks since the Bush administration took office, the United States and China met November 29-30 in Washington to discuss Beijing's implementation of a November 2000 missile nonproliferation pledge.

A State Department official said that the talks-held between Secretary of State Colin Powell, Undersecretary of State John Bolton, and Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Guangya-were "productive." A diplomat from the Chinese embassy in Washington added that the meetings included a "deep and frank exchange of views" and "increased mutual understanding" of arms control and proliferation issues. The meeting was the third such session in the past four months.

In the November 2000 agreement, China committed not to help states develop "in any way... ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons." In exchange, the Clinton administration waived sanctions on Beijing and pledged to resume processing applications for U.S. companies to launch satellites on Chinese rockets, which had been suspended in February 2000.

Washington has been concerned that China has not faithfully implemented the agreement, leading the Bush administration to impose sanctions in September that triggered a ban for two years on all U.

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