William Hawkins said, “This is something that we will have to watch closely. China is in a different category than the other countries we’ve done this with before. In world events, China tends to be on one side of an issue and we’re on the other.”
“The Chinese already have French and Russian reactors, but they want American reactors.” They want (our technology so they can) put it into their future projects – and then come back and be competitors and China would (likely) use this technology to expand exports to problematic regimes around the world."
Dan Griswold says “China has been a nuclear power for 30 years – there are no nuclear implications. They need these reactors for electricity for their growing economy.”
“(What America is selling is) widely available technology -- if they don’t buy it from us they will buy it from France or Russia. It’s an $8 billion contract that’s going to support 5,000 good paying design, engineering and manufacturing jobs. This has no national security – no military implications.”
Today--President Bush signed a similar nuclear cooperation bill with India.