Tuesday, November 18, 2008
China denies the allegations that Beijing has been seeking to illegally obtain American space technology through a Chinese-born physicist.
“The so-called (allegation) of China stealing space technology from the United States is sheer nonsense,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qin Gang told journalists Tuesday during a regular news briefing.
“It has ulterior motives, which will not be successful,” he added, without providing further details.
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The US Justice Department said on Monday that Shu Quan-Sheng, 68, a China native who has obtained US citizenship, entered the guilty plea in federal court in Norfolk, Virginia.
Shu admitted selling rocket technology to Beijing and was also found guilty of violating the US arms embargo on China.
He faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the export violations and up to five years for violating the foreign corrupt practices law, according to the department officials.
China is developing a space launch facility in the southern island province of Hainan that will house liquid-propelled launch vehicles designed to send space stations and satellites into orbit.
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This article was posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 11:27 am