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Nuclear facilities, activities safe & stable: White paper

By Xinhua

International conventions

Nuclear facilities, activities safe & stable: White paper

Rear Admiral Guan Youfei (center), director of Foreign Affairs Office of China's National Defence Ministry, speaks during annual working-level talks with South Korea at the Defence Ministry in Seoul on Jan 15, 2016. (Photo / Jung Yeon-Je, AFP)

Since joining the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1984, China has acceded to a number of international conventions.

The conventions include the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency, Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, it added.

Moreover, China has actively fulfilled international obligations regarding nuclear emergency preparedness, the document said.

Chinese delegations have attended all conferences on nuclear emergency preparedness and nuclear safety convention obligation compliance organized by the IAEA, and submitted national reports on nuclear emergency preparedness and compliance with nuclear safety obligations, it said.

Since 1984, China has reached bilateral agreements on nuclear energy cooperation with 30 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Britain, the United States, the Republic of Korea, Russia and France.

In May 2011, at the invitation of the Japanese government, China sent a delegation of experts to conduct exchanges with their Japanese counterparts on the Fukushima nuclear accident, and put forward suggestions for the handling of it.

Furthermore, China dispatched senior experts to join the IAEA' s Fukushima nuclear accident assessment team to evaluate the impact from the Fukushima accident.

Offshore nuclear power plant

Under completely safe conditions, China is considering construction of offshore nuclear power plants, a senior nuclear official confirmed Wednesday.

The countr will conduct a "careful and scientific" feasibility review before it makes the decision, said Xu Dazhe, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, at a press conference.

As a developing country, China has a large need of energy but is under environmental stress, he said, adding that the country must fully exploit its maritime resources.

Xu stressed that China will stick to the safe and peaceful use of nuclear power and that the development of maritime resources in its waters will benefit people in the area.

Currently China has 30 nuclear power generating units with a capacity of 28 million gw and another 24 units are under construction, all of which are on land.

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