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China, world leader in nuclear and viruses proliferation!

17 April 2020 News   76481  

Just as the world community has agreed that it needs to work jointly to overcome the challenges posed by the ongoing pandemic of Covid-19, consensus must also be reached quickly to jointly oppose China’s blatant disregard for global standards and its repeated attempts to distort the facts in order to circumvent international regulations.

By Roland Jacquard

Chinese cargo ship, Da Cui Yun, owned by China’s COSCO Shipping Corporation and sailing from Jiangyin port of Jiangsu province of China to Pakistan’s Port Qasim in Karachi, was detained by Indian customs and security authorities at the port of Kandla in western India in early February. The reason for the detention was one cargo, an industrial autoclave, a dual use product that can be used in the manufacture of long range ballistic missiles or construction of satellite’s motors. The product had been mis-declared as an industrial dryer and was meant for delivery to an Islamabad-based company, United Construction Company.

The suspected cargo was seized by Indian authorities and off-loaded from the ship, following which the Da Cui Yun was allowed to continue with its journey.

The seized cargo was brought for inspection by scientists from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), a premier Indian R&D organisation. After the examination, DRDO experts have concluded that the seized product was indeed a dual use industrial autoclave .

As expected, the Chinese Foreign Ministry denied the product being of military or dual use under the non-proliferation and export control regulations. And very virulent articles were published in the Chinese media slamming India’s action as an act of arrogance aimed at consoliding its supremacy in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region. An article in the Chinese State-owned Global Times on March 8, 2020, exalted China as a ‘major responsible power’ that had fulfilled its international non proliferation obligations and global commitments as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and charged India of fabricating facts and using the Da Cui Yun incident as a leverage to get the US, France and other western countries to pressure China to allow India to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

The world scientific community is aware of China’s role in clandestinely facilitating Pakistan’s nuclear programme, since the 1980s. This Chinese assistance has enabled Pakistan to develop ballistic missiles and as per the official claims of the latter, the country tested Shaheen II, a ballistic missile with a range of 1500-2000 kms in May 2019. China’s usual denials will not change these facts.

However, as we are realizing more and more each day, China under President Xi Jinping has been adopting an increasingly aggressive approach on contentious issues. It’s policy is now to bulldoze its way through by issuing strongly worded statements, buttressed by a vast

propaganda machinery. The world  has been recently witnessing this propaganda machine set in motion trying to whitewash China’s responsibility for the COVID-19 pandemic. This Propaganda mocks other countries for their incompetence and their inability to contain the spread of the virus and establishes China as the shining beacon that has shown the way to control the epidemic.

As the world grapples with this unprecedented international health crisis, now is an opportune time to realize the need for a concerted international initiative to stop China’s propaganda and proliferation, whether nuclear or viral!