China to build two nuclear reactors in Pakistan: report

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  1. bhramos

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    China has agreed to build two new civilian nuclear reactors in Pakistan, a report said Thursday, amid persistent concerns about the safety of nuclear materials in the restive south Asian state.
    Chinese companies will build at least two new 650-megawatt reactors at Chashma in Punjab province, the Financial Times said.

    China began building a reactor at Chashma in 1991 and broke ground on a second one in 2005, which is expected to be completed next year, it said.

    A statement posted on the website of the China National Nuclear Corporation on March 1 said financing for two new reactors at Chashma was agreed by the two sides in February.

    A spokeswoman for the corporation, which oversees China's civilian and military nuclear programmes, said she was unaware of the deal when contacted by AFP on Thursday.

    "Our Chinese brothers have once again lived up to our expectations," the Financial Times quoted an unidentified Pakistani official as saying of the deal, which would help Pakistan cope with a crippling energy crisis.

    "They have agreed to continue cooperating with us in the nuclear energy field."

    US President Barack Obama convened a summit in Washington earlier in April that pledged renewed world efforts to secure and safeguard fissile materials from falling into the hands of militant groups.

    At the summit, Chinese President Hu Jintao said Beijing "firmly" opposed atomic weapons proliferation, while backing civilian uses.

    Reports have said Washington is concerned over the security of nuclear materials in troubled Pakistan, where the Taliban movement is waging a bloody offensive.

    In 2004 Abdul Qadeer Khan -- revered by many Pakistanis as the father of the country's atomic bomb -- confessed to sending nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea, although he later retracted his remarks.

    Washington is currently seeking Chinese support for new sanctions on Iran over the Islamic republic's disputed nuclear programme.

    The Financial Times quoted an expert as saying China likely felt emboldened to go ahead with the deal after the United States signed a civilian nuclear agreement with Pakistan's arch-rival India in 2008.

    The agreement facilitated nuclear cooperation between the world's two biggest democracies despite India's refusal to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    http://www.nuclearpowerdaily.com/re..._nuclear_reactors_in_Pakistan_report_999.html
     
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  3. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Now China is going to export cloned French reactors of the 2nd generation. To wonder if French politicians will protest this, China should buy more EPR.
     
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    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Upon further reading, US will use this issue with the NSG to club China in the head for sanctions against Iran. This and possible tariffs means Obama is using all his leverage. See if it works.
     
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    China keeps mum on US comments on Pak n-reactors

    Beijing, May 6 (PTI) China today kept mum on reported comments by a US official that Beijing should get a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) before going ahead with its commitment to build two new nuclear reactors for Pakistan.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu declined to comment when asked about the reported comments by US Assistant Secretary for South Asia Robert Blake that China should get the waiver from NSG before going ahead with the project.

    She merely said she has already commented on China's plans to build two new reactors.

    Blake, who early this week held preparatory talks with his Chinese counterparts ahead of the China-US strategic dialogue to be held on May 23, said Washington was aware of the reports about Chinese plans.
     
  6. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    so it just goes to prove US nuclear deal was nothing special, NPT signatories can build reactors for non -NPT member countries even with terrible track records of proliferation. So the logical question why is Iran an NPT signatory being punished for a nuclear program?? Hypocrisy at it's height.
     
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  7. shotgunner

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    China should protest first, France export cloned Chinese shoes of the N-th generation
    Egypt should also protest, France export cloned Egytian hand-bags of the N-th generation
    India should also protest, France export cloned Indian hats of the N-th generation
    Greece ...
    Even Americans should protest, France export cloned Amercican cars & planes
     
  8. ajtr

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    lol china always keeps usa on tenterhooks by supplying nukes to rouge states like pakistan north korea now there are also talks of china supplying nukes to myanmar junta.
     
  9. shotgunner

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    lol US always use copy-cat tech from Nazi to arm EDIT like Israel & India

    MOD NOTE: One more smart cookie statement like this, will give you enough rope to hang yourself.
     
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  10. shotgunner

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    Looks like US can't do sh!t about it but mumbling with this waiver thing ... OMG, waiver!
    If this is a club, then NSG or not, China is using 2 solid-state n-reactors to club India right in the face, pooo...;(
     
  11. Armand2REP

    Armand2REP CHINI EXPERT Veteran Member

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    Reality is, France hasn't done any of that crap. China has... you have no respect for IP rights, no rights at all really.
     
  12. shotgunner

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    The reality is, one thing Frech can't clone from others, that's total wipe off from the map by neighbour.
     
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    MOD EDIT: There you go little bit more of rope....time for hanging perhaps...

    Shotgunner issued another infraction for attacking the staff of DFI..
     
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    China Reactors Plan Fuels U.S. Concern

    With Clinton Set to Unveil Pakistan Aid, Fears Rise That Proposed Sale Will Undermine Obama's Nonproliferation Efforts

    ISLAMABAD—The U.S. State Department is voicing growing concern about China's proposed sale of two nuclear-power reactors to Pakistan, an issue that could complicate Washington's latest efforts to strengthen cooperation with Pakistan.

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is visiting Islamabad for two days as part of a broader Asia trip aimed at buttressing U.S. alliances in the war in Afghanistan, is expected to unveil $500 million in new U.S. development projects for Pakistan in meetings with senior Pakistani officials Monday, U.S. officials said.She might also raise the expected nuclear sale with Pakistani officials, a deal that U.S. officials fear could undermine the Obama administration's broader nonproliferation campaign, senior U.S. officials said.
    These officials said the State Department has also intensified discussions with China about its proposed nuclear sale and whether it would violate Beijing's commitments to the major international body regulating nuclear trade, the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

    With Pakistan and China insisting the deal is legitimate and vowing to go through with it, the issue could prove an irritant in U.S.-Pakistani relations, as Mrs. Clinton and other senior U.S. officials gathered Sunday for the second U.S.-Pakistan strategic dialogue, which end Monday.

    China joined the Vienna-based Nuclear Suppliers Group, or NSG, in 2004. But Beijing has argued that the proposed sale by China National Nuclear Corp. of two 320-megawatt nuclear reactors to the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission wouldn't violate its NSG commitments, as the deal was brokered before 2004. China has developed two civilian reactors in Pakistan under this initial deal, Chinese and Pakistani officials said.

    The State Department is challenging China's use of the grandfather clause inside the NSG for the two new reactors. It says China would need a special waiver from the group's 46 member states to go ahead with the multibillion-dollar sale.

    "Based on what we know, the export appears to extend beyond those projects that were grandfathered when China entered the NSG," a State Department official said. "[It] would therefore require a special exception granted by the consent of the NSG, as was done for India in 2008."

    Neither Pakistan nor India is a signature to the United Nations' principal nonproliferation treaty, nor are these countries' nuclear facilities completely under U.N. safeguards. Any NSG member states seeking to sell nuclear technologies to these countries must get special waivers. In 2008, the Bush administration secured a waiver from the NSG to allow U.S. companies to sell nuclear technologies to India.

    Pakistani officials on Sunday said President Asif Ali Zardari's government remained committed to purchasing the two new Chinese reactors, despite Washington's concerns. One Pakistani official said the Chinese reactors were central to Islamabad's goal to generate 8,800 megawatts of electricity from nuclear power by 2030. He declined to say when the sale might be completed, but Mr. Zardari visited Beijing last week to discuss economic issues.

    "This cooperation isn't something new and has been going on for years," said the official. "We don't need additional approval from the NSG."

    During Mrs. Clinton's Pakistan visit, U.S. officials hope to highlight what they describe as significantly improved coordination between the two sides in the fight against al Qaeda, along with advances on other security and economic issues over the past year.

    In October, Congress passed legislation authorizing $7.5 billion in development aid for the South Asian nation over the next five years. U.S. officials on Sunday said this aid has allowed Washington to show Pakistani people that the U.S. was focused on more than just fighting al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    It is "producing a change in Pakistani attitudes, first within the government and gradually, more slowly, within the public," said Richard Holbrooke, the State Department's point man on Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    Development projects to be unveiled by Mrs. Clinton will focus on helping Pakistan address the country's chronic water and power shortages, as well as on strengthening Islamabad's educational and judicial institutions. In addition to President Zardari, Mrs. Clinton is scheduled to meet with Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani.

    U.S. officials remain wary of Pakistan's history of nuclear proliferation and the potential threat the Chinese reactor sale could pose to President Barack Obama's broader nonproliferation agenda.

    U.S. and U.N. officials allege that Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan had run the world's biggest black market in nuclear technologies before his arrest in 2004. The U.S. views Pakistan as among the world's most-prolific producers of the nuclear fuels required for producing atomic weapons.

    Mr. Obama has pushed to tightly control the spread of nuclear technologies through the NSG and other global bodies. His administration has also pressed nations to better monitor and safeguard their fissile materials.

    U.S. officials worry that if China were to sell the reactors to Pakistan without the NSG's approval, it could further erode the ability of the international system to stanch the flow of nuclear technologies. They argue the system is already under stress due to alleged efforts by Iran, Syria and North Korea to clandestinely develop nuclear weapons.

    Pakistani officials counter that the U.S. is practicing a double standard by supporting the sale of nuclear technologies to India, but not Pakistan. Islamabad has been pressing the Obama administration to support a civilian nuclear-cooperation deal for Pakistan similar to India's, but has so far been rebuffed.

    "You shouldn't just make exemptions for certain countries," said the Pakistani official. "You need a criteria-based approach, not a country-specific approach."

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...32608903988.html?mod=WSJ_article_MoreIn_World
     

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