China will not supply nuclear weapons to any South Asian country
China on Friday categorically denied that it
has supplied M-11 missiles or any other nuclear delivery system to
Briefing newspersons on Chinese President Jiang Zemin's talks with
Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, Shen Guofang, the
Chinese government spokesman, said China will not supply nuclear delivery
systems to any country in South Asia that will affect
India or any country in the region.
He, however, admitted that China and Pakistan have nuclear
co-operation for peaceful purposes.
Guofang said Western countries were mainly responsible for
transfer of nuclear delivery system to other countries.
China, he said, wanted India and Pakistan to find a solution to their
outstanding problems through
dialogue and discussions.''We want good neighbourly relations
between the two countries,'' he said.
Deve Gowda and Jiang, he said, held discussions on a
plethora of issues, including Tibet, expansion of
bilateral relations in economic and commercial areas,
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and other important issues.
Jiang, he said, appreciated India's stand that Tibet is an autonomous
region. India has also assured the Chinese president that it would
not allow any anti-Chinese activities on this issue.
Referring to the dispute on Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim, the
spokesman said: ''Differences persist between the two countries on
the question of Sikkim.'' However, he added that China had adopted a
flexible attitude on this matter. He felt the two sides should not try to achieve
any settlement on this issue in haste.