Accession Number:

ADA478325

Title:

China and Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missiles: Policy Issues

Descriptive Note:

Congressional rept.

Corporate Author:

LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-09-06

Pagination or Media Count:

28.0

Abstract:

Congress has long been concerned about challenges to U.S. security interests posed by the Peoples Republic of China PRC in the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction WMD and missiles that could deliver them. Recipients of Chinas technology include Pakistan and countries that the State Department says support terrorism, such as Iran, North Korea, and Libya. The terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, added an urgent U.S. interest in weapons nonproliferation. Since 1991, Beijing has taken some steps to mollify concerns about its role in weapons proliferation. Nonetheless, China has aggravated trends that result in ambiguous technical aid, more indigenous capabilities, longer range missiles, and secondary retransferred proliferation. As the Director of Central Intelligence DCI has reported, the PRC remains a key supplier of technology inconsistent with nonproliferation goals particularly missile or chemical technology transfers.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Guided Missiles
  • Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE