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Memorandum on the China-United States Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

January 12, 1998

Presidential Determination No. 98-10

Memorandum for the Secretary of State

Subject: Certification Pursuant to Section (b)(1) of Public Law 99-183 and to Section 902(a)(6)(B) of Public Law 101-246

Pursuant to section (b)(1) of Public Law 99-183 of December 16, 1985, relating to the approval and implementation of the Agreement for Cooperation Between the United States and the People's Republic of China, I hereby certify that:

(A) the reciprocal arrangements made pursuant to Article 8 of the Agreement have been designed to be effective in ensuring that any nuclear material, facilities, or components provided under the Agreement shall be utilized solely for intended peaceful purposes as set forth in the Agreement;

(B) the Government of the People's Republic of China has provided additional information concerning its nuclear nonproliferation policies and that, based on this and all other information available to the United States Government, the People's Republic of China is not in violation of paragraph (2) of section 129 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954; and

(C) the obligation to consider favorably a request to carry out activities described in Article 5(2) of the Agreement shall not prejudice the decision of the United States to approve or disapprove such a request.

Pursuant to section 902(a)(6)(B)(i) of Public Law 101-246, I hereby certify that the People's Republic of China has provided clear and unequivocal assurances to the United States that it is not assisting and will not assist any nonnuclear-weapon state, either directly or indirectly, in acquiring nuclear explosive devices or the material and components for such devices.

You are authorized and directed to publish this determination in the Federal Register.

William J. Clinton

William J. Clinton, Memorandum on the China-United States Nuclear Cooperation Agreement Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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