WASHINGTON (AP) - An agreement allowing American involvement in China's civilian atomic industry is set to be renewed for 30 years despite some stiff criticism from lawmakers over the Asian nation's record on nuclear proliferation.
A 90-day congressional review period expired on Friday without legislative action or a joint resolution to block or alter the agreement. The State Department said Monday that the U.S. and Chinese governments will decide "a suitable time in the near future" when the agreement takes effect.
The current 30-year agreement expires at the end of the year. The Obama administration had warned that ending U.S.-China nuclear cooperation would be devastating to the U.S. nuclear industry and would hurt bilateral relations and diminish American leverage.
China has the world's fastest-growing atomic industry.