Critic, linguistics expert Chomsky finding new contours at 82
‘BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Xinhuanet) -- In his first visit to the Chinese mainland, Noam Chomsky, the 82-year-old world renowned intellectual, father of modern linguistics and perhaps the most famous critic of American foreign policy and mainstream media, warned his listeners at Peking University of the dangers of environmental and nuclear catastrophes. Chomsky appeared in Beijing as the keynote speaker for GLOW in Asia VIII, a forum held by the Generative Linguistics in the Old World (Asia) at the Beijing Foreign Language and Culture University from August 12 to 15. "There are two major threats of the lives and death of the humankind," Chomsky said in his August 13 lecture, Contours of the world: continuities and changes. "One is the environmental catastrophe, the other is the threat of nuclear power." Chomsky pointed out that China had seen spectacular development following the reform and opening up in 1978; however, the problems of environmental pollution as well as huge social inequalities need to be addressed. Wearing a blue shirt and silver tie, white haired Chomsky spoke tenderly, as laughter and applause rang out more than a dozen times...’

ASEAN unity ‘key to handling’ US-China rivalry in the region
‘Competition between the US and China in the Southeast Asian region has been more apparent recently as the major powers tested each other — from territorial conflicts in the South China Sea and Greater Mekong areas, to lending a hand to ASEAN members to develop nuclear plans. ASEAN officials have warned that the rivalry between the two powers could divide members of the ASEAN bloc, potentially hampering their efforts to work together as allegiances are torn in two directions. In areas that could draw ASEAN members into open conflict, discussion with good intentions must be prioritized between members, officials said recently. In a move that will further increase regional tensions, the US is also conducting negotiations with Vietnam over a deal to allow the purchase of nuclear fuel, as well as American nuclear technology and reactors. The issue became controversial as the deal would allow Vietnam to enrich its own uranium to produce fuel for its power reactors, subject to monitoring by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Zhai Dequan, the deputy secretary of the China Arms Control & Disarmament Association, said the US negotiation with Vietnam was a “double standard” in comparison to the UAE agreement. He said China was worried about the potential for Vietnam to have nuclear enrichment capabilities...’

The wages of the nuclear deal
‘The N-deal has turned out to be what the US mandated, not what the Prime Minister had assured India. The quiet signing of the reprocessing agreement on 30 July has completed the last remaining bilateral element of the nuclear deal with the US. The multilateral elements are not only complete, but also being implemented. For example, India already has brought 16 of its nuclear facilities under permanent international inspection—a number scheduled to progressively go up to cover two-thirds of all Indian nuclear installations within four years. In addition, India is set to shut down, by this year-end, its main military-production workhorse, the CIRUS reactor—the biggest cumulative contributor of weapons-grade plutonium to the country’s stockpile. Yet, despite the deal being in force, India continues to battle major technology controls. China has greater access than India does to US high technology, and this is unlikely to change after the ongoing Obama administration review of US export controls. Because the review is being driven by the barely disguised business goal to increase US share of the Chinese market so as to reduce the yawning trade deficit, the China-India access gap can only widen in Beijing’s favour...’

Australia - Cameco, BHP vie for WA uranium
‘CANADIAN uranium giant Cameco plans to begin development studies on its Kintyre uranium deposit in Western Australia next year, putting it in a race with BHP Billiton to be the first to develop a major uranium deposit in the state. Uranium mining in WA was banned under the previous Labor government but became possible on the September 2008 election of the Barnett government. Cameco and BHP, owner of the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine, both want to have their mining plans approved while the political window of opportunity remains open. Cameco told analysts last week that it was confirming the resource base at Kintyre. The company expects to have it completed by the December quarter, leading it into a pre-feasibility study in the middle of next year. It said that political ''sentiment'' towards the project was as ''good or better then when we bought it''. Cameco, along with Japan's Mitsubishi Development, acquired Kintyre from Rio Tinto in 2008.’