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    China has reiterated it has tight control over arms exports after disclosures that Chinese state companies offered to sell weapons to deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in violation of UN sanctions.

    China has reiterated it has tight control over arms exports after disclosures that Chinese state companies offered to sell weapons to deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in violation of UN sanctions.

    "We have implemented and will continue to implement UN Security Council resolutions 1970 and 1973," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said at the daily news briefing on Wednesday.

    Resolution 1970 imposed an arms embargo on Libya, and the subsequent Resolution 1973 allowed "all necessary means" to protect Libyan civilians.

    Jiang said there was a "mechanism for controlling military exports."

    Documents found by a Canadian journalist in a trash heap in the Libyan capital Tripoli last week indicated that Chinese companies offered to ship weapons totaling $200 million to Gaddafi's forces in July.

    The Chinese government admitted the companies met Gaddafi officials but said the talks took place without its knowledge.

    The Libyan rebels battling the last remaining Gaddafi loyalists have claimed they have evidence of arms shipments from China and other countries despite the UN ban, the New York Tines reported.

    China was a major arms exporter to Libya before the revolt against Gaddafi's rule began in February.

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