Feeds

Oz and China sign uranium deal

Not for nuclear weapons, honest

Top three mobile application threats

Energy-hungry China has signed a deal with Australia by which the lucky country will, from 2010, supply 20,000 metric tons of uranium per year for the Communist giant's nuclear power industry, the BBC reports.

The agreement was signed by OZ PM John Howard and Premier Wen Jiabao during a four-day visit to Australia by the Chinese politician. It was finally struck in accordance with Australia's policy of selling uranium only to signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty who also sign "a separate bilateral deal stipulating that they will not divert nuclear fuel into weapons programmes", following previous failures by the two nations to come to an accord.

Concerns that the uranium will allow China to divert its own sources of the material to nuclear weapons were unfounded, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer told Australian radio.

He further assured: "These agreements establish strict safeguards, arrangements and conditions to ensure Australian uranium supplied to China, and any collaborative programmes in applications of nuclear technology, is used exclusively for peaceful purposes."

The signing ceremony then evidently turned to a sort of Sino-Australian love-in, with Howard declaring: "Of all the important relationships that Australia has with other countries, none has been more greatly transformed over the last 10 years than our relationship with China."

Wen confirmed: "There are no issues left over from history and there are no cultural matters standing in the way of our bilateral relations."

China plans to build between 40 and 50 nuclear power stations in the next 20 years. Australia boasts 40 per cent of all the world's uranium deposits. ®

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco
Standing in the corner, big pointy 'D' hats
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
Power levels up 70 per cent as the rover keeps on truckin'
KILLER ROBOTS, DNA TAMPERING and PEEPING CYBORGS: the future looks bright!
Americans optimistic about technology despite being afraid of EVERYTHING
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Liftoff! SpaceX Falcon 9 lifts Dragon on third resupply mission to ISS
SpaceX snaps smartly into one-second launch window
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.