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The US government has approved sales of supercomputers to an Israeli firm which is designing a top end defence radar system for Red China. Bill Clinton's administration reluctantly approved a deal to ship Sun boxes to Israeli firm Elta Electronics, the Washington Post reports. Elta will use the machines to design an early-warning radar system for Red China. The Washington Post says the radar system will be able to detect targets up to 250 miles away. It points out that if the USA is ever dragged into a confrontation with Red China over the island of Taiwan, it could lead to a nightmare scenario where American pilots are targeted by radar based on US kit. The report adds that the Chinese Harbin Institute of Technology and the Nanjing Public Security Bureau need fast supercomputers, in the first case for designing parts of Chinese ICBMs, and in the second case for tracking dissidents in the country. You can find the full report on World Tribune. Two days ago, Intel's CEO, Craig Barrett, urged that the US give Red China full trading partner status. The US government had previously banned exports of computers which could be used in anger. But President Bill Clinton has relaxed the rules this year. ®

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