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China probably won't get any classified US defense technology -- at least until after the November election. Ronald Reagan is one reason. US and Chinese defense officials continue to have a cordial dialogue over sales of weapons. But the Chinese have been turned down "again and again and again" on the highly classified electronic technology they want to buy, a source confides.

The Chinese attribute US reluctance to three factors: the November elections, the Taiwan problem, and Pentagon uncertainty over the stability of the Peking government.

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Recent brouhaha over the Bush visit to China and Reagan statements on Taiwan have made sale of fancy weapons even less likely.m