In­side the Ring

The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics - Bill Gertz

Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton said that “since March 2008, the U.S. has pro­vided Chinese of­fi­cials with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing a num­ber of cases of mis­sile-re­lated pro­lif­er­a­tion concern.”

“In the cases de­scribed be­low, we have re­ceived lit­tle or no re­sponse from China on the sta­tus of its in­ves­ti­ga­tions or on steps it is tak­ing to ad­dress the con­cerns we have out­lined,” said the cable, stamped “se­cret.” It was re­leased by the anti-se­crecy web­site Wik­iLeaks.

The cable is a “talk­ing points/non-pa­per” sent to the U.S. Em­bassy in Bei­jing that ap­peared in­tended to diplo­mat­i­cally seek an ex­pla­na­tion from the Chinese gov­ern­ment for its fail­ure to re­spond to nine U.S. cases in which Chinese state-run com­pa­nies sup­plied mis­sile and nu­clear weapons-re­lated goods to rogue states. They in­clude:

Trans­fer by Bei­jing Tian­lianx­ing Sci­en­tific Ltd. of 1,000 kilo­grams of spe­cialty steel to Pak­istan’s Aginel En­ter­prises, a firm linked to Pak­istan’s nu­clear weapons and mis­sile pro­grams. The steel is used for Pak­istan’s Ghaz­navi short-range bal­lis­tic mis­sile and was banned un­der the Mis­sile Tech­nol­ogy Con­trol Regime.

Sale by the Suzhou Test­ing In­stru­ment Fac­tory in 2009 to Pak­istan’s In­tralink Inc. of a vi­bra­tion test sys­tem used with the Ghaz­navi. The sys­tem is a key tool in sim­u­lat­ing flight vi­bra­tions and shocks on rock­ets and un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles dur­ing launch, stage sep­a­ra­tion and nor­mal flight.

Trans­fers of com­po­nents and ma­te­ri­als by the Dalian Sunny In­dus­tries, a long­time arms pro­lif­er­a­tor, to Ira­nian mis­sile pro­duc­ers.

Trans­fers by the Shang­hai Yuan­shan In­dus­try and Trade Co. of spe­cialty alu­minum to Syria’s In­dus­trial So­lu­tions, a front com­pany for the Sci­en­tific Stud­ies and Re­search Cen­ter that builds Syria’s bal­lis­tic mis­siles.

The alu­minum “can be used to pro­duce struc­tural com­po­nents in bal­lis­tic mis­siles and in some forms is con­trolled by the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group and Wasse­naar Ar­range­ment,” the cable said.

Sale of a wind tun­nel by well­known arms pro­lif­er­a­tor China Pre­ci­sion Ma­chin­ery Im­port/Ex­port Corp. and China Academy of Aero­space Aero­dy­nam­ics. The wind tun­nel “is con­trolled by the [Mis­sile Tech­nol­ogy Con­trol Regime] to sup­port mis­sile-re­lated re­search and de­vel­op­ment in Pak­istan,” the cable said.

Polytech­nolo­gies, an­other well-known Chinese arms sup­plier to rogue states, also was sin­gled out in the cable for us­ing false doc­u­ments to il­lic­itly trans­fer a coil-wind­ing ma­chine and in­te­grated op­ti­cal chips to Pak­istan’s Ad­vanced En­gi­neer­ing and Re­search Or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is part of the Air Weapons Com­plex that builds nu­clear weapons de­liv­ery sys­tems, cruise mis­siles and un­manned aerial ve­hi­cles.

Sev­eral Chinese com­pa­nies to­gether helped Pak­istan’s mis­sile pro­gram, specif­i­cally ring-rolling and flow-form­ing ma­chines.

The Shenyang Huali Eco­nomic Trad­ing Co. worked through North Korean in­ter­me­di­aries to act as “a key source of raw ma­te­ri­als and tech­nol­ogy for a North Korean bal­lis­tic mis­sile de­vel­op­ment pro­ject in Syria,” the cable said.

The Hong Kong Most Group Co. was listed for sell­ing Iran Chinese-ori­gin alu­minum plates used in the pro­duc­tion of struc­tural com­po­nents in Scud mis­siles.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate your in­ter­est in ad­vanc­ing our mu­tual non­pro­lif­er­a­tion goals and look for­ward to hear­ing your re­sponses re­gard­ing these pro­lif­er­a­tion cases at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble time,” the cable said.

For­mer State Depart­ment China spe­cial­ist John Tkacik, com­ment­ing on the cable, noted the above para­graph was a “nice touch.”

“That, alas, can­not be true even in the vaguest in­ter­pre­ta­tion of syn­tax,” Mr. Tkacik said. “Given the sec­re­tary of state’s com­ment that ‘we have re­ceived lit­tle or no re­sponse,’ I’d say that re­flects that the U.S. and China share ‘lit­tle or no’ [. . . ] ‘mu­tual non­pro­lif­er­a­tion goals.’ ”

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