China is reportedly trying to acquire French nuclear technology in a bid to intensify its “debt-trap diplomacy”, which it often uses to coerce smaller countries on negotiating tables. According to a report in The Klaxton, Beijing is lobbying in Paris to get its hands on billions of dollars worth of nuclear technology that it aims to use in expanding its influence across the world amid competition with the United States to become the global power. China wants Orano to build a major nuclear fuel “reprocessing and recycling” facility in partnership with its government-run National Nuclear Corporation. A preliminary deal was signed in 2018 to advance the work, however, it was only for preparatory work and expire by the end of the same year. The talks between Orano and China’s National Nuclear Corporation died in 2018 after France’s national security agency reportedly raised serious security concerns over the deal.
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