Premier Liu voices concerns over nuclear activities

Nanjing, ROC 189

With war flaring up in Europe as well as recent announcements made by European scientists of successful testing of nuclear armaments, calls for a Chinese nuclear weapons program have come from many Chinese intelectuals and members of the military. As this new weapon system seems to harness the power of nuclear fission to bring about destruction the likes of which has never been seen before, scientists warn that this might bring about a new age of global politics and that it might threaten the peace as we know it, especially with statements threatening the offensive use of such weaponry.

Premier Liu Yanmin today has issued a statement clarifying the Chinese position on the matter of nuclear armaments, the Premier stating that the Republic of China as of the current moment is reviewing the situation and weighing its options. Pointing at the civilian benefits of nuclear power, as realised in the increase of the share nuclear power contributes to the total power generation of the Republic, which has risen from a measly 3% in ROC 180 to a full 11% by last year, despite growing energy demand, Liu has made clear that nuclear science will always be important to the Republic’s well-being and that further investment in nuclear technology will be one key aspect to make Chinese cities cleaner and improve the health of Chinese citizens.

However, the statement made by our Premier has also adressed the concerns that China eventually might face once again foreign aggression, this time by nuclear powers. To this end, Premier Liu was convinced that these developments were indeed worrying, but also meant that China would need to take a more active role in global politics, as while civil cooperation may have been flourishing, political cooperation was left in the dust and now more than ever, diplomatic ties need to be strengthened and global solutions be sought, not national solitude. Lastly, to the consternation of many, Premier Liu has ruled out investment into nuclear armaments in the current or upcoming budget, arguing that it was preferable to first seek alternative ways of addressing the developing threat.