China: Suspected Acquisition of U.S. Nuclear Weapon Secrets [Updated December 20, 2000] [open pdf - 295KB]
"This CRS Report discusses China's suspected acquisition of U.S. nuclear weapon secrets, including that on the W88, the newest U.S. nuclear warhead, since the late 1970s. This current controversy, began in early 1999, raises policy issues about whether U.S. security is further threatened by the PRC's suspected use of U.S. nuclear weapon secrets in its development of nuclear forces, as well as whether the Administrations response to the security problems is effective or mishandled and whether it fairly used or abused its investigative and prosecuting authority. The Clinton Administration acknowledged that improved security was needed at the weapon labs but says that it has taken actions in response to indications in 1995 that China may have obtained U.S. nuclear weapon secrets. Critics in Congress and elsewhere argued that the Administration was slow to respond to security concerns, mishandled the too narrow investigation, downplayed information potentially unfavorable to China and the labs, and failed to notify Congress fully."
CRS Report for Congress, RL30143