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Subject: The next battleground for France & USA--Nuclear power--so far USA 4 points
Herc the Merc    12/17/2006 5:15:19 PM
BEIJING, DECEMBER 16:China and the United States on Saturday signed an agreement that paves the way for Westinghouse Electric Co to build four civilian nuclear reactors in China, a multibillion dollar coup for US business over French and Russian competitors. A memorandum of understanding supporting the transfer of nuclear technology to China was signed by China’s Minister for the National Development and Reform Commission Ma Kai and US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman. The agreement capped several days of top-level trade talks between China and the US that otherwise yielded few concrete results. It was signed on the sidelines of a closed-door meeting of five major oil importing nations hosted by China. Stephen Tritch, Westinghouse’s president and CEO, said the details of the contract to build facilities at Sanmen, in the eastern province of Zhejiang, and at Yangjiang in southern China’s Guangdong province have yet to be completed but that it was a multibillion dollar deal. He said the company wanted the plants up and running by 2013. The Chinese side said it chose Westinghouse based on its technology, its agreement on transferring expertise, the style of cooperation and the prospects for developing locally based technology. -ELAINE KURTENBACH
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Nanheyangrouchuan       12/18/2006 7:37:16 PM
The Chinese contract was granted in part as a favor to the US regarding the dispute over fixed currency and in part due to significant technology transfer gaurantees.

And France is definitely in the door regarding the next generation of US reactors.  Having 70% of national electricity from nuclear power with no accidents of significance has not been lost on various US players.

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Herc the Merc    France may lose jet fighters and nuke deal with India   1/26/2007 7:21:57 PM
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Russia reply to N-baiters

New Delhi, Jan. 24: India’s keenness to buy four Russian civil nuclear reactors during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin beginning tomorrow — and Moscow’s eagerness to sell — also sends a political signal to critics of the Indo-US nuclear deal at home, including the Left.

Left party sources acknowledged that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was sending a political signal to all those who had vociferously criticised the Indo-US nuclear deal while it was being negotiated last year, including themselves.

The sources admitted that the American deal had led to a “changed scenario”, which strengthened India’s hand to pick and choose from an array of countries offering high technology to India.

“Yes, the US deal has opened up opportunities… but the fact also is that if Russia is offering to sell nuclear reactors to India, then India need not now only depend upon the Americans,” a Left leader said.

Political observers concede that the Russian nuclear offer had strengthened Singh’s hand, both at home and abroad.

“The Prime Minister can now openly defend the Indo-US nuclear deal by arguing that India need not restrict itself to buying high technology only from America. The Russian reactors are a signal that India is willing to buy high technology from other countries as well, including China,” a source said.

Significantly, two days after India and Russia sign a protocol of intent on their nuclear reactors during the two-day visit of Putin, India’s special envoy on the Indo-US nuclear deal, Shyam Saran, begins his visit to Washington DC.

Saran’s trip is focused on the bilateral agreement that India and the US now have to sign on the nuclear issue, called the 123 Agreement.

Government sources pointed out that Saran goes to America with the Russian nuclear reactors under his belt. However, if some Americans begin to feel that Moscow is stealing a march on them — even as the Bush administration has been the one to give New Delhi a leg-up on its nuclear status — Saran can always point out the obvious.

Which is, that India can only buy the Russian reactors that are on offer after the Nuclear Suppliers Group amends its prohibitory guidelines. And that can only be done when the US pushes the NSG to do so.

Still, over the last couple of days, all eyes have been on the voluble Russian deputy Prime Minister, Sergei Ivanov, announcing in Bangalore and New Delhi his country̵

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