Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Encirclement of China - boost democratic India's nuclear capability with Australian uranium heightens risks and tensions

It does not stop at granting US "presence" ("bases"?) in Darwin.

To please its US ally, PM Julia Gillard risks bringing the world closer to a nuclear war and her political standing within her own Labour Party, Greens and anti-nuclear lobby.

More hawkish displays - the world will not be safer with gunho policeman patrols in peaceful neighbourhood of hungry folks trying to make a decent living.


PRIME Minister Julia Gillard's push to sell uranium to India has triggered a fight with her party's Left, attracted disquiet from Pakistan and infuriated Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, who was not consulted about the change.

But union official and Right powerbroker Joe de Bruyn, who raised objections to Indian uranium sales when the policy change was first proposed by Mr Ferguson, signalled he would support the PM's line. He said safeguards would be important, and he was sure they would be part of the policy change.
Australian Workers Union secretary Paul Howes called for the party in Western Australia and Queensland to ''overturn
their ideologically based and decades-old ban on uranium mining''. But Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said she would not be lifting the ban.

Jia Qingguo, associate dean of Peking University's Centre for International Relations, said Australia resuming uranium exports to India and establishing a US military presence in Darwin was part of an Obama administration strategy to balance perceived threats from China.
''There is a high probability that the Indians are not going to use the uranium for nuclear energy,'' he said.
''This is going to be counter-productive. When you encourage nuclear proliferation to your friendly countries it is very difficult to rein in nuclear proliferation to countries you don't like,'' said Professor Jia.

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