The Washington Times report about China
providing weapons to al-Qaida after the September 11 terror
attacks is "groundless", Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokeswoman Zhang Qiyue said in Beijing on Monday.
The Washington Times carried a story by reporter Bill
Gertz on December 21, which claimed that a senior US
official disclosed that China continued to provide weapons
to al-Qaida after September 11.
The report is
groundless and with ulterior motives, Zhang said, and the
Chinese side has made serious representations to the US side
on the matter.
She reiterated that China
opposes terrorism of all forms and its stance is definite
China has actively
participated in the international cooperation of combating
terrorism and rendered support and assistance to the US side
since the September 11 incident, she said, adding that the
facts are obvious to all.
She pointed out that
a limited number of people in the United States have tried
to use the rumor to defame China and impede the improvement
of Sino-US relations. "Their ulterior motives are
doomed to failure," she said.
Daily December 25, 2001)