Two Chinese companies, namely the China New Era Group and China Xinshidai Company, issued a statement on Thursday, protesting unjustified sanctions by the United States.
The US government imposed sanctions on September 21, 2004 against China Xinshidai Company and China New Era Group, alleging that it spread WMD-capable missile technology to some country, which is " totally groundless", the statement said.
"We hereby express our strong opposition and condemnation of such outrageous and unjustified behaviors of the US government," it said.
The China Xinshidai Company is a state-owned enterprise legally registered and operated in China.
For over ten years, the company operated various businesses including trade of conventional and general products of China's defense industries in strict conformity to laws and regulations of China and developed businesses in many countries and regions of the world, the statement said.
"We deeply understand that the prosperity of the world requires peaceful and stable international political and economic environment, and firmly support the policy of Chinese government on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery, and strictly comply with the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Export Control of Missile and Missile -Related Items and technology as well as its Export Control list in our trade with foreign countries," it said.
"We never violate Chinese law and international conventions in our export activities; never commitment to export restricted items and technology to a certain country," the statement said.
"We believe that the sanction against China Xinshidai Company and China New Era Group in the unwarranted name by the US government with no evidence is vilification and circumvention to Chinese enterprises; it was a great mistake and completely groundless," it said.
"We strongly demand that the US government provide evidence for the sanctions, respect the fact and lift the sanction immediately," the statement said.
"Such behavior of US government brings us not only great economic loss, but also the damage to our international reputation as well as enormous adverse impact on our normal trade relationship with our US cooperators," it said, "We reserve our right to resort to legal action when necessary."
(Xinhua News Agency October 1, 2004)