Thomas Davis was invited to discuss on the topic of UK nuclear issues and Euro-Atlantic security at the annual Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) conference for the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI). Full footage of the discussion entitled, ‘Playing the ‘China Card’: National Security Implications of the UK Hualong One Nuclear Power Station,’ can be found here.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UK Project On Nuclear Issues (UK PONI), over which time its Annual Conference has become the premier national forum for emerging scholars and professionals to consider salient issues in nuclear policy, to share their work, and to connect with peers and established experts.
The first section of Thomas’ talk explores Chinese nuclear export efforts and evaluates how the UK’s formal approval serves as a catalyst in compelling countries in the Middle East, South East Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe to purchase, either independently or via Chinese state loans, Chinese nuclear power.
The second section of the talk measures the Chinese strategic leverage over the UK and the national security implications in approving the finance and construction of Chinese nuclear power on British soil over the coming decades. Among these implications are the outsourcing of nuclear expertise and the reduction of agency when challenged abroad in Chinese strategic assertions.
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