China on verge of signing nuke deal with Pakistan: Expert

Published on Times of India, by IANS, June 14, 2010.

NEW DELHI: China is on the verge of unveiling a nuclear deal with Pakistan that will, in effect, be “cocking a snook” at the world as it will be outside the purview of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), a noted security expert said on Monday.

After the exception the NSG accorded to India in 2008 to enable the implementation of its civilian nuclear pact with the US, Pakistan had sought a similar deal from Washington and after having been turned down, “it now appears that China will soon announce its deal with Pakistan to export two nuclear reactors”, Commodore (retd) C. Uday Bhaskar, director of think tank National Maritime Foundation (NMF), said … // 

… “This is primarily due to the distinctive status Pakistan has apropos its nuclear weapon: It is the only country where the army has its finger on the button, the current civilian leadership notwithstanding,” Bhaskar maintained.

He also noted that Pakistan was the only state “to use the nuclear weapon to enhance its strategic space for pursuing a revisionist agenda that invests in religious radicalism and supports terrorism”.

“China is cognisant of this pattern and has yet chosen to continue its support to Pakistan’s nuclear programme,” Bhaskar contended.

In this context, he noted that though the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) had come into being in 1970, “concurrently, the world spawned a very complex nuclear eco-system often shrouded and deliberately muddied, with a disconnect between rhetoric and reality. States, state representatives and opaque activities led to selective proliferation and spread”.

“One such WMD domain was the one spawned by China, of which the Sino-Pakistan one is the better known, with linkages extending from North Korea to Saudi Arabia,” Bhaskar pointed out. (full text).

Links:

Principles Relevant to the Use of Nuclear Power Sources In Outer Space;

The ABM Treaty – from the Federation of American Scientists;

Details of the U.S. proposal on modifications to the ABM Treaty, from the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists – April 2000;

Space Probe Explodes, Plutonium Missing, the crash of Mars ‘96, by Karl Grossman in Covert Action Quarterly, issue no. 60, Spring 1997;

The Outer Space Treaty: on UNOOSA, and on wikipedia.

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