RPI Author Hui Zhang: Japan Should Ease China’s Concerns over Nuclear Stockpiles
Despite Japan’s announcement at the Nuclear Security Summit last March that it would return significant quantities of plutonium and highly enriched uranium to the United States, Nuclear Debates in Asia project scholar Dr. Hui Zhang concluded “Chinese experts and officials cannot help but view Japan’s plutonium stocks with considerable alarm.” In an op-ed for Asia Times Online, he explored why China believes Japan’s existing nuclear material stockpiles are “far exceeding… [the] normal needs” of a civilian nuclear energy program and a non-nuclear weapon state. He made a similar case in a recent article for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.
In the Asia Times Online op-ed, Hui, who is also a senior scholar at Harvard University’s Project on Managing the Atom, urged Tokyo to “address concerns over its reprocessing plans and plutonium stocks,” including “specific steps to abide strictly by its ‘no surplus plutonium policy’” or else risk “negative consequences for regional security in Asia.”
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