China made a new offer to allow the ship's cargo to be checked at Dubai. The Yinhe has been stranded in the Gulf for two weeks since a dispute erupted over its cargo. The US said it believed the Iran-bound containers hold chemicals that can be used to build chemical weapons. It has insisted on the right to check the cargo.
President Jiang Zemin of China told US congressmen that a Chinese ship at the centre of a row with Washington was not carrying banned ingredients for chemical weapons, Reuter reports from Peking.