ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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MAHARASHTRA-Cosmetic Decisions

lent support to China's decision to resume nuclear testing, for which the country was facing considerable flak from Japan. Japan has now used unusually harsh words to condemn the French decision, calling it "a betrayal of the trust of non-nuclear states". This indeed is at the core of the anger over the French action, not only in Australia and New Zealand but also in the island nations of the South Pacific which will be the most affected by the tests. The fears of these island nations are not unreasonable given that accumulated data on the long- term effects of nuclear tests have recently become available. Protests around the Mururoa test site and anti-French campaigns in the French Pacific territories have also led to the calling of a South Pacific trade union meeting, including representatives of major unions from Australia and New Zealand, later this month in Australia. Such a coming together for the first time shows that opposition to these tests has mounted, not diminished, during the time that the French held off testing. This has in turn prompted the French Socialist Party to join the communists and the greens in endorsing the opposition to the tests.

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