Chinese aid to Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program

2017-07-15

in Bombs and rockets, History, Politics, Security

Western sources claim that China had provided Pakistan with fissile material in exchange for centrifuge technology assistance. Zia-ul-Haq hoped to exploit the close relationship with the Chinese further in order to protect Pakistan from potential preventative attacks… [T]he impact of Israeli attack on Osirak and the crash of the centrifuges in 1981 forced Zia-ul- Haq to realize that the nuclear program was vulnerable not just to preventive strikes but also to natural calamities. Zia-ul- Haq then dispatched Lieutenant-General Syed Zamin Naqvi and A.Q. Khan to request bomb-grade fissile materials and bomb designs. Their visit bore fruit as Pakistan then received the Chinese CHIC-4 weapon design along with 50 kilograms of HEU in 1981, material sufficient for two bombs. A.Q. Khan confirmed in a purported 2004 letter to his wife, “The Chinese gave us drawings of the nuclear weapon, gave us 50 kg of enriched uranium, gave us 10 tons of UF6 (natural) and 5 tons of UF6(3%).”

According to A.Q. Khan’s accounts, the Chinese nuclear material was kept in storage until 1985. When Pakistan acquired its own uranium enrichment capability and wanted to return the fissile material, China responded that “the HEU loaned earlier was now considered as a gift … in gratitude” for Pakistan’s help with Chinese centrifuges. It was then that KRL “promptly fabricated hemispheres for two weapons and added them to Pakistan’s arsenal.”

Khan, Feroz Hassan. Eating Grass: The Making of the Pakistani Bomb. Stanford University Press; Stanford. 2012. p. 188 (typographical inconsistencies in original)

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. July 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm

Chinese Gave The CHIC-4 Nuclear Bomb Design To The Pakistanis – An Ex-Pakistani General Admits

Brigadier General (retired) Feroz Khan reveals, of course, a known secret that Chinese gave the CHIC-4 nuclear bomb design on the basis of which Pakistanis have designed their nuclear bomb. It is a known fact that despite being able to manufacture fissile weapons-grade uranium (from the stolen Dutch company URENCO centrifuge designs) Pakistanis were having a lot of problems in building a workable nuclear bomb that can be delivered via an aircraft or a missile. This is where the Chinese helped. Of course, it is a different story that they had problems in making missiles too and then traded their nuclear designs with North Koreans in exchange for missile designs.

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