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Thursday, 10 August, 2000, 08:55 GMT 09:55 UK
China accused over Pakistan missiles
The US Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA, has accused Chinese suppliers of stepping up their assistance to Pakistan's ballistic missile programme during the second half of 1999.

A new CIA report says continuing contacts between the two sides could not be ruled out.

The US has frequently raised its concern over the issue with Beijing.

But both Pakistan and China have forcefully denied that they have cooperated on expanding Pakistan's long-range missile programme.

The report says that Chinese firms had also provided missile-related assistance to countries such as Iran, North Korea and Libya.

At the same time, the Americans say they have made some progress with China in arms control and non-proliferation talks in Hawaii.

A State Department spokesman said China had made improvements in enforcing controls on nuclear and chemical weapons technolgies, but still needed to bring its policies and practices into line with international norms.

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