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Chinese defence firm criticises US sanctions
February 12, 2013, 4:54 pm

A Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier made by China's Poly Technologies Inc. [Xinhua]

A Wheeled Armored Personnel Carrier made by China’s Poly Technologies Inc. [Xinhua]

China’s leading defence firm has fired back at US legislators for imposing new sanctions on its business dealings.

Beijing-based Poly Technologies described as baseless US accusations that it was one of several Chinese firms which provided Iran with banned weapons technologies.

A US Federal Register website had earlier listed Poly Technologies, Dalian Sunny Industries, BST Technology and Trade Company, and China Precision Machinery Import and Export Corporation as having “engaged in missile technology proliferation activities that require the imposition of missile sanctions” under the US Arms Control Act and the Export Administration Act, and for violating the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Act.

Poly Technologies denied the accusations saying in a press release: “We have never helped any countries or regions develop any banned weapons, nor have we exported or promised to export weapons or technologies to any countries or regions that are under United Nations Security Council Resolutions Sanctions.”

“We hereby demands the US side to respect the fact and immediately lift the sanctions,” the firm said.

Meanwhile, the Beijing government also voiced its concern about the US sanctions.

A foreign ministry spokesperson said that China urged the United States to rescind its sanctions decision, which it descrived as groundless.

The spokesperson said that such US actions “will hurt China’s interests and Sino-US relations”.

Source: Agencies