- The Bush administration has refused to
name China as a major supplier of biological and chemical weapons despite
overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
- "The U.S. said that there may be
some 'friendly countries' with biological weapons programs who would not
be named," noted Michael Waller of the Center for Security Policy.
- "The State Department considers
Communist China a 'friendly country,' effectively providing diplomatic
cover to continue to conceal Beijing's biological weapons program from
the world," said Waller.
- The State Department did issue a recent
report naming Sudan, North Korea, Iraq and Iran as countries known to be
developing dangerous biological weapons.
- The refusal to name China as a seller
of biological weapons reportedly drew intense criticism inside the Bush
- Recent Chinese Germ Warfare Developments
- The internal dissent came after intelligence
information confirmed that China was operating a major biowarfare development
center in Xian. Chinese military labs are reported to be developing genetically
altered anthrax, smallpox and Ebola virus weapons.
- "There is no indication whatsoever
that China has halted or cut back its weapons of mass destruction programs,"
stated Al Santoli, national security adviser to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher,
- "Equally troubling, the Chinese
government has recently made military training mandatory for all high school
and college students, under the combined control of the Ministry of Education
and the Ministry of Defense. These types of national policies should set
off alarm bells in neighboring countries and in the West, that despite
efforts to integrate China into the world economy, Beijing continues to
pursue belligerent military/political goals," said Santoli.
- China Sold Germ Warfare Equipment to
- Defense sources are also concerned because
China has sold germ warfare equipment to Iran. In January 1997, Madeleine
Albright confirmed during a Senate hearing that China had shipped biological
warfare equipment to Iran.
- The concern is that Iran may have passed
germ warfare technology to terrorist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah
that have carried out recent suicide attacks in Israel. U.S. intelligence
sources refused to confirm or deny that China may be the original source
of recent anthrax attacks in the United States.
- In 1997, the Clinton administration refused
to identify the specific Chinese company that made the germ warfare shipments
to Iran. The Clinton administration also refused to impose sanctions required
by export laws against China.
- Clinton Aided Chinese Germ Warfare
- Instead, documentation obtained using
the Freedom of Information Act shows that in 1997 Clinton officials approved
supercomputer exports to a known Chinese germ warfare lab without an end
- In December 1997, U.S. Commerce officials
sought permission to inspect Xian Jiatong University prior to the export
of a high-performance computer made by Digital Corp. American inspectors
wanted to verify that the Chinese university would not use the computer
for germ warfare research.
- However, all efforts to inspect the site
were denied by the communist Chinese government. The Clinton administration
approved the supercomputer sale despite Beijing's refusal to allow inspections.
- Xian Jiatong University is a known center
for Chinese army biological and chemical warfare research. The Xian Jiatong
sale is the only reported U.S. supercomputer export associated with Chinese
biological and chemical warfare.
- Pentagon sources are convinced that the
Chinese army is now using the U.S.-made supercomputer to develop chemical
cluster "bomblet" munitions to arm missiles and bombers. A bomblet
warhead can disperse hundreds of miniature germ-filled grenades over a
vast area instead of a single large warhead, which would infect a smaller
- Charlie Trie Helped Chinese Germ Warfare
- In addition, convicted Chinagate figure
Charlie "Yah Lin" Trie confirmed in a March 2000 congressional
hearing that he helped China obtain germ warfare technology from the West.
- "If they don't get it from me, they
get it from someone else," testified Trie. "They gonna get it."
- According to his testimony, Trie received
thousands of dollars in commissions from the Chinese by arranging a deal
with a Swiss biological equipment manufacturer.
- The Trie-led deal allowed China to obtain
a 500-liter fermenting machine used to cultivate microorganisms, viruses
and biotoxins. The institute in China that received the fermenting machine
is based in Xian, near the known Chinese germ warfare lab.
- Originally posted 12-6-01
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