Cox Says Chinese Benefit from Stolen Secrets Requires `Top Attention' of Congress, White House

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WASHINGTON -- The head of a House committee investigating reports of Chinese espionage said yesterday that China's current nuclear weapons program has benefited directly from the theft of U.S. secrets.

Rep. Christopher Cox, R-Calif., said his committee's report on Chinese efforts to obtain American technology will be "of such gravity that it needs the top attention of policy-makers in Congress and the executive branch."

The report of his select House committee is expected to be made public soon after months of struggling with the administration over what should remain classified.

Officials who have seen the secret report say it provides evidence that over two decades China obtained sensitive information about seven major weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

The report also reveals that China conducted a half-dozen tests in the mid-1980s of neutron bomb technology believed to have been stolen from the United States, the officials said.

"There is no question that what the People's Republic of China is now doing is a direct result of what they have stolen from the United States," Cox said on ABC's This Week. …