#AceNewsServices – BEIJING – April 23 – China is investigating reports that a chlorine canister bearing the name of the country’s biggest arms maker was used in a gas attack in Syria this month, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
(JP) – “After seeing this report, we paid great attention and immediately sought to understand (the situation) from relevant departments. We will clarify this issue in a timely manner,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told a regular press briefing.
Opposition activists in the rebel-held village of Kfar Zeita in the central province of Hama uploaded video of people choking and being fed oxygen following what they said were bombs dropped from helicopters on April 11 and 12, Reuters said.
A partially exploded canister was shown with the chemical symbol for chlorine along with the name of Chinese arms manufacturer Norinco http://www.norinco.com/
The authenticity of the videos was not verified, and Norinco, known as China North Industries Group Corporation, has not commented on the reports.
Extract from their Website at: http://www.norinco.com/GB/27/31/index.html
Companies civil explosive products business letter from the Beijing Olympic Chemical Technology Development Co., Ltd. operates primarily engaged in civil blasting equipment and chemical products research and development, import and export as well as civilian blasting services business, the main products have explosive materials and chemical products, exports of industrial explosives, detonating cord, detonator, electric detonators and other products to Africa, Latin America, North America, other parts of Asia, and the results of operations and technical capabilities among the best in the country.
(SourceWatch) – Norinco is a diversified Chinese government owned company which it states “has been ranked among the forefront of China’s 500 largest state-owned enterprises in terms of total assets and revenue”. (The company’s official name is China North Industries Corporation but it uses Norinco as its official English name).
NORINCO is best known as an arms manufacturer and supplier but has also diversified into engineering contracting and other industry sectors.
On its website the company states that it “deals with defence products, petroleum & mineral resources development, international engineering contracting, optronic products, civilian explosives & chemical products, sports arms & equipment, vehicles and logistics operation, etc.”
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