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China Says Nuke Data Is On Web

In a seething attack on the Cox Report, the Chinese government yesterday declared that performance data on US nuclear warheads was available on the Web and in printed publications.

Zhao Qizheng, the information minister for China's State Council, told reporters in press conference that "performance data on the seven types of nuclear warheads--W56, W62, W70, W76, W78, W87 and W88--have long been openly published in the United States."

"In recent years, performance data about various types of nuclear warheads, ranging from the early MK-1 to the latest W88, can easily be found on the Internet," stated Zhao.

The minister demonstrated how this nuclear warhead information was easily available on the website of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS).

The FAS website provides users with a "Complete List of All U.S. Nuclear Weapons".

The Cox Report is the published findings of a US congressional probe lead by Republican Christopher Cox which alleges that China plundered nuclear weapons secrets from the United State over the last two decades.

The Beijing regime has condemned the report as a politically motivated attempt by forces in the United States to damage US-China relations and prevent China from developing into a economic power.

"the Chinese Government and people are strongly indignant over this groundless attack that fabricates facts and confuses black and white," Zhao also said about the report.

"This is a great slander against the Chinese nation and is typical racial prejudice," Zhao added.

The Chinese government has also criticized the Cox Report's suggestion it that the United States intensify control over the export of dual-purpose commodities and technology to China.

"It even unreasonably demands China should establish a so-called open and transparent system which enables American nationals designated by the United States to examine on the spot the end-users without advance notice," said Zhao.

"This is a hegemonic act that disregards China's sovereignty and violates the basic norms governing international relations."

Some local infopreneurs are concerned that a possible US backlash against the export of technologies to China will have an impact on China and Hong Kong's IT infrastructure development.