US technology may have been used to upgrade PLA submarine

A bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement was signed between the United States and China in 1985. Because the agreement is expected to expire by the end of this year, the Obama administration plans to make a new deal known as 123 agreement with China based on the Atomic Energy Act. It will help regulate the sharing of nuclear technology. During the hearing held on May 12 on the new agreement, Corker said that China is in violation of the current agreement as it provided a US nuclear reactor to Pakistan.

He asked two officials from the Obama Administration about whether nuclear cooperation will be suspended if Chinese violations are confirmed. Senator Robert Menendez expressed his concern over China’s buildup of nuclear submarines. The senator said that China probably possesses reactor cooling pumps produced by the Curtiss-Wright Corporation, an American company that makes the pumps for US nuclear-powered submarines to upgrade the design of its own submarines.

Menendez said that the Curtiss-Wright Corporation is also producing a scaled-up version of this pump for Westinghouse’s AP1000 reactors. Since the technology has been provided to China, Menendez questioned if Beijing can reverse engineer the pumps that they have received from Westinghouse for the nuclear-powered submarine designed for the People’s Liberation Army Navy. Countryman said that the issue was discussed by officials of the state department one night before the hearing.

Full article: US technology may have been used to upgrade PLA submarine (Want China Times)

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