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US sanctions on three Chinese companies, one from Belarus, for supplying missile parts to Pakistan

The US has imposed sanctions on three Chinese companies and one from Belarus for supplying missile items for Pakistan’s ballistic missile programs, including its long-range missile program, the State Department announced.

China, an all-weather ally of Pakistan, is the main supplier of weapons and defense equipment to Islamabad’s ambitious military modernization program.

The companies are Xi’an Longde Technology Development, Tianjin Creative Source International Trade and Granpect Co. Ltd from China and Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant from Belarus.

These entities “have engaged in activities or transactions that have materially contributed to, or pose a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery, including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess , to develop, to transport. transfer or use of such items by Pakistan,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.

Miller said the U.S. is committed to strengthening the global nonproliferation regime by taking action to disrupt procurement networks that support proliferation activities of concern.

Responding to media questions about US sanctions on three Chinese companies and a company from Belarus, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said: “We reject the political use of export controls.”

“It is well known that the same jurisdictions, which claim to adhere strictly to non-proliferation controls, have waived licensing requirements for advanced military technologies for some countries,” Baloch said, apparently referring to the US banning the export of advanced weapons to countries allows. like India.

“Such discriminatory approaches and double standards undermine the credibility of non-proliferation regimes as well as the objectives of regional and global peace and security by accentuating military asymmetries,” she said in Islamabad.

The Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant in Belarus provided special vehicle chassis for Pakistan’s long-range missile program.

Such chassis are used as launch support equipment for ballistic missiles by Pakistan’s National Development Complex (NDC), which is responsible for the development of Missile Technology Control Regime Category (MTCR) I ballistic missiles, according to a State Department fact sheet.

China’s Xi’an Longde Technology Development Company Limited supplied missile-related equipment, including a filament winding machine, to Pakistan’s long-range missile program that the US said was intended for Pakistan’s NDC.

Filament winding machines can be used to produce rocket motor housings.

Tianjin Creative Source International Trade Co Ltd supplied rocket-related equipment to Pakistan’s long-range missile program, including stir-welding equipment (which the US says could be used to manufacture propellant tanks used in space launch vehicles) and a linear accelerator system (which the US says could be used in the inspection of solid rocket motors).

Tianjin Creative’s purchases were likely for Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), which develops and produces Pakistan’s MTCR Category I ballistic missiles, the US State Department said.

Granpect Company collaborated with Pakistan’s SUPARCO to provide equipment for testing large diameter rocket motors.

Granpect Co. also worked. Ltd. also to supply equipment for testing large diameter rocket motors to Pakistan’s NDC.