China is rejecting suggestions that it illegally sought U.S. space technology, after a Chinese-born scientist pleaded guilty in the United States to selling rocket technology to China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters today (Tuesday) the allegation was made with "ulterior motives." He did not elaborate.
Scientist Shu Quan-sheng pleaded guilty in a U.S. court (in Virginia) Monday to bribery and to violating the U.S. arms embargo against China. The cryogenics expert was arrested in September and charged with selling China technology for hydrogen-propelled rockets between 2003 and 2007.
Prosecutors said Shu also bribed Chinese officials to secure a lucrative contract for a French firm used as an intermediary for his high-tech company (AMAC International).