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Republicans Call Russia-China Nuclear Cooperation A National Security Threat

A group of senior Republican legislators has called on the White House to do something about the deepening ties between Russia and China in the area of nuclear energy.

The call follows reports that Russia’s state nuclear energy company Rosatom was supplying enriched uranium to China. This, according to the legislators, could help China expand its nuclear weapons arsenal, the Financial Times reports.

“??We call on the administration to view this co-operation for what it is, a direct threat to US security and more evidence that Russia and China are working in tandem against the United States,” House members Mike Rogers, Michael McCaul, and Michael Turner wrote in a letter addressed to the U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

The authors chair the House armed services, foreign affairs, and intelligence committees.

“Rosatom’s pivotal role in helping the Russian military get around the international sanctions regime and its support for China’s strategic nuclear build-up are threats to US national security,” Michael McCaul, chair of the foreign affairs committee in the House, told the Financial Times. “It’s far past time to use the tools at our disposal to stop these destructive actions.”

The Department of Defense wrote earlier this month that open-source outlets were reporting how Russia was sending enriched uranium to China. The uranium was to be used in so-called fast breeder reactors where plutonium can be produced and then used in warheads.

"It's very troubling to see Russia and China cooperating on this," an assistant defense secretary said.

"They may have talking points around it, but there's no getting around the fact that breeder reactors are plutonium, and plutonium is for weapons. So I think the [Defense] Department is concerned. And of course, it matches our concerns about China's increased expansion of its nuclear forces as well, because you need more plutonium for more weapons," John F. Plumb also said.

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  • Mamdouh Salameh on March 17 2023 said:
    While it is logical for a group of Republican legislators and the US Defence Department to be worried about reported supplies of enriched uranium by Russia’s state nuclear energy company Rosatom that could help China expand its nuclear weapons arsenal, there is nothing they can do about it. If this worries the United States, shouldn’t China be also worried about the United States supplying nuclear submarines to Australia and weapons to Taiwan?

    Moreover, China and Russia are nuclear-armed superpowers bound by a strategic alliance whose ultimate objectives are accelerating the transition of the World Order from a unipolar system led by the United States to a multipolar one and undermining the dominance of the dollar in global trade and the global oil trade.

    If the United States finds the nuclear cooperation between China and Russia troubling, there are very simple ways to reduce the tempo of tension and escalation between them. The United States could start paving the way for a political settlement in Ukraine rather than continuing to stir up the conflict there and also stop supplying weapons to Taiwan.

    Moreover, the reported nuclear cooperation between China and Russia and the Chinese Leader Xi Jinping forthcoming visit to Moscow refute claims by Western media that relations between the two allies are souring over Ukraine.

    Dr Mamdouh G Salameh
    International Oil Economist
    Global Energy Expert

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