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China Denies Libya Arms Sales After Qaddafi Sent Team to Beijing

China denied state-owned companies offered to sell arms to Muammar Qaddafi following a July visit to Beijing by representatives of the Libyan leader, who is in hiding after rebels took control of the capital, Tripoli.

“The Qaddafi regime sent people to China to make contact with certain individuals of relevant Chinese companies in July without knowledge of government departments,” Jiang Yu, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman, said in Beijing today. “Chinese companies have not signed any military trade contracts with Libya, let alone sold arms to Libya.”