U.S. Not against Russia-China Deal: But Arms Treaties Must Be Observed
Gertz, Bill, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
The United States does not oppose Russia's sale of guided-missile destroyers and other advanced arms to China as long as the transfers conform to treaties and U.S. anti-proliferation law, a State Department spokesman said yesterday.
"We hope that Russia and China will, of course, observe international standards and treaties and laws governing the transfer of military technology of all kinds," spokesman Nicholas Burns said.
"When we see alleged violations of those agreements and our own law, we are vocal about it. We bring it to the attention of the relevant governments," he said. "But in this case, if we're talking about a transfer of Russian destroyers, there's nothing that we see that contravenes international law or our own law."
The spokesman was responding to a report in yesterday's editions of The Washington Times that Russia last month agreed to sell China two guided-missile destroyers with high-speed, anti-cruise missiles designed to attack U.S. warships.
On Capital Hill, Rep. Gerald B.H. Solomon, New York Republican and chairman of the House Rules Committee, called the disclosure of the destroyer sale a sign of "our current policies of appeasement" toward Russia and China.
Mr. Solomon wrote a letter to House members seeking support of a bill that would link U.S. aid to Russia's behavior, "including the cessation of advanced arms sales to communist China."
A second bill introduced by the congressman would link U.S. money to international lending institutions that subsidize projects in China to a presidential certification that China has met certain security, human rights and economic conditions. …