The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP
The Hon. Alexander Downer, MP

MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS, AUSTRALIA

Media Release

05 January 2007

Australia and China Ratify Nuclear Safeguards Agreements

I am pleased to announce that yesterday (4 January) Australia and China ratified the Australia-China Nuclear Transfer Agreement, and the Nuclear Cooperation Agreement through an exchange of Diplomatic Notes in Beijing.  The agreements will enter into force 30 days after ratification.

This follows the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) report tabled on 6 December which recommended that binding treaty action be taken on both agreements. 

Accordingly, the legal framework for Australian uranium producers to commence exports to China is expected to be in place early in 2007.  The timing and quantities of exports will be a matter for commercial negotiation.

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