Chinese officials say the agreement to share Western nuclear technology could spark a new arms race
The international community must address the nuclear issue “Proliferation risks” Beijing’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said the trilateral agreement between the US, the UK and Australia is imposed by the AUKUS agreement.
Speaking before the IAEA Board of Governors on Friday, Chinese envoy Li Song said the AUKUS deal… “Contrary to the purpose and objectives” The historic Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty threatens the Asia-Pacific region.
Lee went on to call for formal action “intergovernmental discussions” On this issue among the member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency, saying that they “They have enough wisdom, patience and determination to properly respond to the spread risks associated with AUKUS.”
AUKUS was established in 2021 between Washington, Canberra and London in part to facilitate the transfer of military technology between the three allies, with the US military pledging to help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines.
Although officials from each country have stressed that the bloc is not a formal military alliance and is focused solely on sharing technology, Beijing has condemned the project, claiming it would only spark an arms race in Asia and help spread nuclear weapons around the world. Earth.
He added: “The three countries have gone further down the wrong and dangerous path for the sake of their own geopolitical interests, completely ignoring the concerns of the international community.” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said earlier this year, adding that the AUKUS agreement is based on “The Cold War mentality that will only lead to an arms race, harm the international nuclear non-proliferation regime, and harm regional stability and peace.”
In previous comments to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency, Li disputed the IAEA’s statements “The current safeguards system is unable to achieve effective monitoring.” To exchange technology between AUKUS partners, adding that the deal “Seriously undermines the authority of the agency and its safeguards system.”
Tensions between Washington and Beijing have steadily escalated in recent years, with US President Joe Biden repeatedly describing China as America’s number one country. “competitor” He has deployed warships near the country on an almost monthly basis since he took office. Although the American leader recently detained “productive” talks Biden went on to describe his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, as a… “dictator” Shortly after the meeting, which prompted a sharp reaction from Beijing.
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