Australian Foreign Minister disclose to expand uranium exports to China top secret files
data for: uranium ore in Australia 特约记者陈 Xiaoya
newspaper the reporter Lei Zhihua
in Australia’s foreign trade relations, “China” is always caused no small controversy. Australian opposition members following the launch advertising campaign against the Aluminum Corporation of China and the Australian mining giant Rio Tinto deal after May 14, Australian Foreign Minister Smith, “accidentally” leaked to expand export uranium to China’s “top secret document” has become a new quarrel gimmick.
According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported that the bilateral negotiations were leaked document is the result of Smith as authorization submitted to the House and Senate, is about to increase exports of Australian uranium to China. The document revealed that the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials in January to meet with Chinese officials to discuss the BHP Billiton in Western Australia’s Olympic Dam uranium mine increased exports to China. The Australian side agreed to the agreement on the premise that China not to make the purchase of uranium for nuclear weapons. Report stressed that the document is marked confidential documents, “only after the negotiating parties agreed to the file can be open.”
for the “leak” incident, Smith acknowledged the office was a “mistake.” Australian Associated Press quoted Trade Minister Simon Crean’s words, this top-secret files made public is indeed a “Let the government embarrassment,” but not any of the affected countries for dissatisfaction.
Although the document also covers defense cooperation between Australia and Indonesia on the agenda, but some Australian politicians and the media still focus on uranium mining in Australia negotiations on selling uranium to China worried about possible nuclear risks. Australia’s opposition Liberal Party, said the leak “shock.” Bishop, Liberal Party Foreign Affairs spokesman said the matter would affect Australia’s international reputation, as well as Australia and other countries to sensitive and confidential negotiations. Chinese investment in Australia has been very critical of the Green Party also claimed that they consider the government to expand uranium exports to China was “disturbed”, “countries with nuclear weapons in the sale of uranium negotiations, the Australian Parliament and people should be told what truth, the Australian side to completely ensure that the uranium is not used for nuclear weapons. ”
Olympic Dam mine in Australia has the world’s largest uranium stocks. In 2008, China and Australia reached a related agreement, the first Australian uranium exports to China minerals. Australian Resources Minister Ferguson said in April, welcomed China’s rapid development of nuclear power. Reuters also said that the existing agreements between Australia and China to allow the purchase of uranium ore in Australia.
Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Experts Ran 14 in “Global Times” reporter, said that, as from the recent investment in Rio Tinto Aluminium and China Minmetals acquisition of Australian mining companies trading in OZ can see the Australian domestic surging tide of trade protectionism in the context of the global economic crisis, this is the “impact of Australia’s international reputation”, but also hurt Australia’s own economic interests. In addition, Carefree that some political forces in Australia and Australia trade over-sensitive, has gone beyond the scope of trade protectionism, is a Sino-Australian relations are not normal thinking.
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