by Joachim Gruber




Plutonium in China
Research done by Lisbeth Gronlund

Of related interest:
Stephanie Liegg, "Controversy in Germany: Siemens Sale of MOX Plant to China"", Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies, December 12, 2003.
"Although China continues to modernize its nuclear arsenal, Beijing has little incentive for using the imported civilian facility for a military nuclear program. China has assured the German government that the facility would only be used for civilian purposes and using it for any other reason would be strategically embarrassing to the Chinese government. A deception would be hard to hide. Facilities receiving German nuclear exports are required to have IAEA safeguards agreements. Beijing also voluntarily submits all nuclear imports to safeguards. With these controls in place, diversion of fissile material from the Siemens plant to China's military stockpile would be difficult."

"Although it might be feasible for China to modify the Siemens facility to supplement military supplies, it is more likely that China would use existing facilities to increase fissile material stockpiles rather than reconfigure the Siemens plant, which is much more valuable to China as a civilian facility."

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