ACCESSION NUMBER:300646 FILE ID:EPF308 DATE:08/25/93 TITLE:VISITING U.S. LAWMAKERS WARN CHINA ON MISSILE SALES (08/25/93) TEXT:*93082508.EPF *EPF308 08/25/93 * VISITING U.S. LAWMAKERS WARN CHINA ON MISSILE SALES (VOA correspondent report on Codel in China) (360) By Chris Billing VOA Correspondent Beijing -- A delegation of U.S. lawmakers has warned China that its reported missile sales to Pakistan could damage Sino-U.S. relations. U.S. Congressman Dave McCurdy says he warned Chinese officials that Sino-U.S. ties may be moving into a difficult situation because of China's reported sale of missile technology to Pakistan. He told a news conference in Beijing his delegation carried a message from the Clinton administration that a decision was imminent about whether to impose sanctions on China for the alleged sale. "Our challenge and our mission was to convey what we perceive the risk to be and the severity of actions that may occur if sanctions were to be imposed, and we would hope that there would be a resolution prior to that," McCurdy said. McCurdy is a member of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee. He and his delegation met with Foreign Minister Qian Qichen and other senior Chinese officials during their visit to Beijing. The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was considering imposing sanctions on China because of intelligence reports that China had sold Pakistan components for the M-11 missile. U.S. officials say the sale would violate an international agreement that restricts the sale of missiles and related technology. McCurdy says Chinese officials consistently denied the sale and any violation of the international agreement. "We did raise the point consistently that they were risking sanctions if there wasn't a better environment, a better atmosphere of exchanging 1nformation and either refuting those charges or at least seeking a form by which those tensions could be resolved," the congressman said. The alleged missile sale is one of several issues impairing U.S. relations with China. On Monday, the United States criticized China's decision to revoke the passport of a Chinese labor activist who had met with President Clinton earlier this year. The United States also is concerned that China is trying to sell ingredients for chemical weapons to Iran. NNNN .