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A dangerous new nuclear pact?

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Behind the smokescreen of Afghan turmoil, Pakistan and China have surreptitiously signed a new nuclear agreement which will push the world towards a renewed nuclear race and conflict.

The Framework Agreement on Deepening Nuclear Energy Cooperation was signed by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and China Zhongyuan Engineering Cooperation on September 8, 2021. The agreement, finalised at a high-level meeting on August 20,2021, was signed through virtual mode and would remain valid for ten years.

The agreement, which envisages transfer of nuclear technology, uranium mining and processing, nuclear fuel supply and setting up research reactors, will help Pakistan increase its nuclear weapons stockpile. For China, an enhanced Pak nuclear arsenal adds teeth to its grand strategy of countering India’s military strength.
According to the latest Bulletin of Atomic Scientist estimate (September 7, 2021), Pakistan already has 165 nuclear warheads. What makes the mushrooming nuclear peril ominous is the series of nuclear-capable missile tests carried out by Pakistan since the........

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