Don't let those Chinese reactors enter Pak!

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  1. neo29

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    China should be stopped from going ahead with its move to transfer new atomic reactors to Pakistan, which is 'not a responsible nuclear power', a top American Congressman has said.

    "Pakistan greatly damaged global security by allowing this rogue (nuclear scientist A Q Khan) free reign in that country. China's plan to build another two nuclear reactors in Pakistan violates Nuclear Suppliers' Group rules. It should be stopped," Congressman Ed Royce said at a Congressional hearing.

    He recalled that years ago he had raised the issue of the "ring magnets" that China was transferring to Pakistan "to develop a nuclear weapon, that was obviously what was intended on the part of Pakistan."

    Royce, who is co-chair of the Congressional India Caucus, said at the hearing on nuclear cooperation and non- proliferation: "Now we know that China's irresponsibility in proliferation ... gave rise to the capability of Pakistan, which subsequently trumped China's irresponsibility with its own, because that knew no limits in terms of A Q Khan's ability to proliferate."

    "So the fact that A Q Khan, supposedly Pakistan's most popular man, two weeks ago went on Pakistani television and spoke about his future as the nation's president that should be more than troubling to us in terms of Pakistan and the future. The government there just is not a responsible nuclear power. That needs to be addressed," Royce said.

    Participating in the Congressional hearing held by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, several other US lawmakers also expressed concerns about the latest Chinese move to build two nuclear reactors to Pakistan.

    "If China proceeds with the sale of the two new reactors to Pakistan, what is the likely impact on the Nuclear Suppliers Group? Should the US attempt to persuade the NSG to disapprove the sale? Should China be expelled from the NSG? What is the cost of doing nothing?" Congressman Joe Wilson asked.

    Sharon Squassoni, director and senior fellow in the Centre for Strategic and International Studies Proliferation Prevention Programme, said that the NSG cannot essentially disapprove a sale.

    "It is a voluntary gathering of nuclear suppliers. There's nothing that the Nuclear Suppliers Group can do as a body," she said, adding China should not be thrown out of the NSG.

    "They are building nuclear power reactors like crazy domestically and they will be a major exporter. So I think we need to keep them in that group. There may be other ways outside of the nuclear realm that we can influence their actions, but I think those reactors are a done deal," she said.

    Thomas Graham, former Special Representative to the US President on Arms Control, said: "It's difficult to see how a proposal like China's could be stopped within the NSG given the Indian precedent.

    "Perhaps the NSG can be persuaded that this exception for India is India-only and won't apply to any other country, most especially Pakistan," Thomas Graham said.

    "But where does that leave China? My guess is they'd probably go ahead and sell them anyway. It's not a situation over which we have much control. The NSG is not quite the effective instrument it was, in my judgment, a few years ago, because of various developments," he said.

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  3. Oracle

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    Gen. Kayani and CCP bosses won't sleep for a week now. :becky:
    These are signs of strong Indian Lobbying. The work should continue.
     
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    well...china will not care this type of report until nuclear reactor goes into the terrorist hand. and if this will happened than Pakistan itself will be the first victim of this.
     
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    There's nothing we can do to stop this from happening..
     
  6. maomao

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    Brother, What will a terrorist do with a nuclear reactor? :D
     
  7. JayATL

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    there is a simple statement to be made here. sure go ahead and help Pakistan for civilian purposes,as claimed by China/Pak- but the moment they use it for military purposes- India will disengage its association with china and treat it like another Pakistan.

    Furthermore if there is a nuclear attack in INDIA that is traced back to Pakistan/china built reactors, India will use nuclear weapons on china's mainland. The understanding being, if India is nuked we don't have any qualms to retaliate or anything to lose at that point.

    what I don't get is why is china supporting terrorist and rogue nations when its going to be No1 economic power in the world? typically at that stage you want to be looked upon as a responsible entity on the world stage. what benefit is it to keep supplying nuclear technology to countries that are always threatening to use it first ( NK, Pakistan) or countries that are threatening to wipe another country off the face of the planet ( Iran)
     
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    Exactly my thoughts. China is making it seem as if they only love the company of rogues, terrorists, failed states and similar lowlifes! Surprising indeed.
     
  9. pankaj nema

    pankaj nema Senior Member Senior Member

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    Pakistan has just 425 MW of Nuclear power.Just 2 reactors.

    The 3rd reactor is being made for the last 7 years

    Pakistan has a severe shortage of qualified and skilled people required to construct a Nuclear plant.
    China has to do every thing for them

    When they look at India's 4000 Mw of Nuclear capacity their Heart burns

    For Pakistan, they say that , India's Civilian Nuclear deal has been the ultimate insult cum betrayal by the US inspite of doing so much for US .

    The Chasma 3 and 4 units which will generate only 300 mw each will take 7 years to build .But the construction has not yet started

    The Pakistani ego needs these reactors.

    But they cannot finance it. pakistani power shortage is getting worse .Current shortage is 4500 MW .They can meet only two thirds of the current demand

    So let them waste time (7 years) , money( 1 billion dollars) and Human resources for their ego and 600 Mw While the growing energy shortage will cripple their feeble economy
     
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    I have no issue if its is used for civilian purposes and am sympathetic to any countries needs. When it gets concerning for the US and many countries, is when these countries have other nefarious ideas ( weaponizatin programs) OR when the countries have had Nuclear Proliferation issues, as in the case of Pakistan. This is a valid concern for the world-that china has no interest in being a responsible player in the world stage. We know Pakistan covertly leaked and helped North Korea w/ Nuclear weapons technology... there is no doubt about this- unless you are a rabid Pakistani, who would believe that AQ khan ( their father of nuclear or whatever they call him) was flying to N Korea, shipping back and forth to N. Korea and the govt . had no clue...
     

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