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September 7, 2008 / Mridul

China’s Objection Signifies The Importance Of Indo-US Nuclear Deal

During his visit to China in January this year, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was given assurance by high-ranking Chinese leaders that it would back India’s case at the NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) meeting. However, China came out as one of the major opponents of the proposed nuclear deal which, now, gives India an opportunity to trade in civilian nuclear technology something it wasn’t entitled to for the last 33 years.

Indian government claims that it was disappointed by the last-minute change in stance by the Chinese but it is hard to believe that the Indians wouldn’t have expected such a move. This very move shows how important this deal is and why the US administration is so keen to see it through even as some think of it as a one-sided affair, with India getting much more than it is giving back. 

When first announced the deal was ‘gift wrapped’ in order to project it as a dividend for India’s clean record as far as nuclear proliferation is concerned and President Bush went one step ahead claiming that the deal would eventually help reduce the carbon emissions as the trade of nuclear technology would help India move to nuclear power plants from coal fired plants.

But the deal has never been about the sky rocketing energy consumption levels of the rapidly growing Indian economy rather it is a well thought strategic move aimed towards countering the rising might of the Chinese. There is no other Asian nation which has resources and momentum to counter China and the United States knows & acknowledges the same. 

China, too, knows that. India which is currently struggling to get fuel for its reactors would now have ample supply for generating electricity which, in turn, would enable it to use its own Thorium reserves to produce weapons-grade material. India has also made healthy progress in developing latest military equipment which includes long range missiles and now also has a system to launch nuclear-capable missile from a submarine. Apparently, India is also developing an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) which would have a striking range well beyond Chinese territory. And the Indian military is in the process of forming a strategic space command which could lead to an anti-satellite missile system. All these developments are troubling from the Chinese point of view as it has always seen India as an adversary.

China is aware of the fact that being two of the most vibrant democracies in the world, India and United States seem perfect for each other as strategic allies and that a powerful India could not only challenge it militarily but economically as well. Obviously the nuclear deal would certainly be followed some crucial trade deals which would help India rise as a major economic partner of the US a position China enjoys currently. 

No doubt the Indian government is disappointed by China’s last-minute efforts to derail the process of smooth passage of the proposal at the NSG meet as this means that the tensions between the two neighbors are far away from being over but the move shouldn’t surprise the Indians either rather they should prepare themselves for future roadblocks. Even after the deal is done and signed China could still influence fuel supplying countries and could hamper India’s efforts to acquire fuel for its reactors.


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  1. Renjith Nair / Sep 8 2008 1:37 pm

    I wish to see what will be the face value of this waiver & exemptions if India go to do a Nuclear test TOMORROW or ANYTIME or If India decides to go ahead with LPG pipeline project with Iran. Legacy Of Americans tell us they will lick as long as one being obedient to them otherwise they will suck. Also, I hope Manmohan singh would be alive that time.

    As always, Illiterate (Sorry, I meant to say common man is still don”t know what is this deal, they just know their daily life is MISERABLE because of UNAFFORDABLE COST OF LIVING) and comic goons are on the street celebrating beating drums as if they got independence from Americans!!.

    Almost 75% of Indians are still living in utter poverty not because our country didn”t have NSG waiver and Nuclear deal. Now we are forced to believe that India remains the poorest because we didn”t have this deal.They people who are going to prosper by this deal are a group of American businessmen,a section of NRIs acting as middlemen and CROOKED POLITICIANS IN INDIA.That will remain as a truth.

    If this deal is all about ending acute power crisis in this country, the people all the way praising this deal should wait and see whether this will end the electricity appetite of this nation and how it is going to elevate the poor people of this country. A country with no specific and strict protocols to stop the simple technical faults, transmission leaks and THEFT in electrical transmission systems yet. A country where disaster management,planning & coordination is a myth even in this 21st Century. Still millions are left out homeless in floods every year. who care about them???? I am wondering what this deal is all about!.

    “INDIA IS MY COUNTRY AND I AM PROUD OF BEING AN INDIAN” But that words never matched the deeds in this country by its leaders.It is 21st century and India became worst than certain improvished African countries in many aspects if not all.Look at the the utter poverty,Illiteracy,uncontrolled population growth,rampant corruption,bribery,beurocracy,violence,dirty politics,Pseudo-secularism,appeasement politics..WHAT NOT THERE.

    Unless and until you correct the fundamentals and basic needs of this country It is just a fantasy dream that India become a superpower.For that we need is a realistic approach..visionary leaders..national integrity and patriotism.

    Nuclear deal will not fill the stomach of poor people in this country.It is rubbish and foolishness when someone said Nuclear deal will bring down inflation!!!!.What a pity state of affair!

    What kind of leaders our people choose and send to parliament, and the people shall have to pay the price for it. What a pity situation of my country!.People are being treated as idiots by their own leaders. This what is Indian democracy!.

    Indians will have to wait for many years and luckly if there is a visionary leader with strong political will and nationalistic agenda, then their dreams can be fullfilled. Otherwise the pockets of polticians are only going to be filled with currencies!



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