SFGate: India, Russia Agree Jet Fighter, Nuclear Power Pacts
‘Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Russia and India signed pacts to provide missiles for the Indian army, develop advanced stealth fighter jets and build more nuclear reactors as their leaders vowed to double trade over four years. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's two-day visit to India comes after similar trips by President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Major nations are jostling for contracts as India builds its armed forces and plots a $100 billion expansion of its nuclear-power generating capacity. "There is enormous unexploited potential for the development of our relations particularly in the area of trade and economic affairs," Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said today at a press conference with Medvedev in New Delhi.’

Hindustan Times: French dressing
‘At the end of his recent visit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a joint statement reaffirming their "shared endeavour to strengthen democracy, transparency and accountability". However, apart from promoting these "shared values", Sarkozy was looking to win business deals for France. The biggest such deal involved nuclear reactors for Jaitapur, a town on the Konkan coast at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra. If this deal goes through, Jaitapur could become the site of the world's largest nuclear complex. The French firm, Areva, is proposing to set up six European Pressurised Reactors (EPRs), each of which is supposed to provide 1,650 MW of power. This is more than one-third of India's total installed nuclear capacity of 4,780 MW. However, the residents of the area are unimpressed. On December 4, several thousand people came together to protest at the project site. The Maharashtra government reacted by  arresting about 1,500 people — a significant fraction of the population of the surrounding villages. The locals are worried that the nuclear plants will destroy the neighbouring fisheries and have a deleterious impact on farmers.’

The Chosun Ilbo: China Says N.Korea Has Right to Nuclear Power 
‘Beijing says North Korea has the right to use nuclear power but should be subject to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The North recently agreed to the return of IAEA inspectors to nuclear facilities. "China's position is that the North also has the right to use nuclear power in accordance with the principles of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the Sept. 19, 2005 joint statement and that it is also subject to the IAEA's inspection," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Tuesday. She was commenting on a visit to Pyongyang by New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, who said the North told him it is willing to readmit the inspectors.’