Australian PM Julia Gillard flies to India for trade talks boosting uranium sales

Because India is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, talks will focus on a safeguards agreement which already cover Australia’s uranium sales to nearly 40 countries.  The most recent was the United Arab Emirates in August. Gillard’s three-day trip to New Delhi marks the warming of bilateral ties and a shared interest in containing spreading Chinese influence, particularly in the Indian Ocean region. Hence the Gillard government’s decision in Nov. 2011 to lift the long ban on uranium exports to India.

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