China slams ‘double standards’ of Aukus nuclear subs deal, warns of impact on Korea, Iran efforts

Deal is 'blatant, irresponsible act of nuclear proliferation', China's permanent envoy to the UN in Vienna tells Global Times China has urged UN nuclear watchdog not to back the

plan, citing 'illegal transfer of nuclear weapon materials' China has stepped up its opposition to Australia acquiring nuclear-powered submarines under the Aukus pact, with

the Chinese envoy to the UN slamming the "blatant" irresponsibility and "double standards" displayed by the plan. Wang Qun, Beijing's permanent representative at the United

Nations in Vienna, said the Chinese side had an "intense" debate with the three Aukus countries - the US, Britain and Australia - over the deal as the International Atomic Energy

Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors met last week. In an interview with nationalist Chinese tabloid Global Times published on Monday, Wang called the deal "a blatant,

irresponsible act of nuclear proliferation" that would have a serious and negative impact on international efforts to resolve the Korean peninsula and the Iranian nuclear

issues. Do you have questions about the biggest topics and trends from around the world? Get the answers with SCMP Knowledge, our new platform of curated content with

explainers, FAQs, analyses and infographics brought to you by our award-winning team. The Aukus pact, announced last September, aims to transfer US and British nuclear

submarine technology to Australia. China is among countries that object to the deal, on the grounds that it violates the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT),

which all three Aukus countries are signatory to.