Nu­clear slow­down

The West Australian - - WORLD -

The US is tight­en­ing con­trols on China’s im­ports of civil nu­clear tech­nol­ogy to pre­vent use for mil­i­tary or other unau­tho­rised pur­poses.

The pol­icy comes as trade ten­sions be­tween Wash­ing­ton and Bei­jing rise, with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump last month im­pos­ing tar­iffs on al­most $US200 bil­lion of Chi­nese im­ports and threat­en­ing more levies if China re­tal­i­ated.

China then hit back with tar­iffs on about $US60 bil­lion of US im­ports.

“The United States can­not ig­nore the na­tional se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions of China’s ef­forts to ob­tain nu­clear tech­nol­ogy out­side of es­tab­lished pro­cesses of US-China civil nu­clear co­op­er­a­tion,” US Sec­re­tary of En­ergy Rick Perry said.

Last year the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil led a re­view of China’s ef­forts to ob­tain nu­clear ma­te­rial, equip­ment and ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy from US com­pa­nies, govern­ment of­fi­cials said.

The re­view, they said, was prompted by China’s ac­cel­er­ated ef­forts to ac­quire US in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.

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