Russia, China Plan to Develop Nuclear Markets Globally
Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said that Moscow and Beijing will develop bilateral cooperation in the nuclear energy sector in third countries, China Radio International reported.
The statement was made during the second China-Russia Exposition which opened in Harbin, the capital of the northeast Chinese province of Heilongjian, earlier in the day. "We are not just talking about further interaction on Chinese territory. We also plan to foray into the markets of third countries in terms of construction of power units, "Rogozin was quoted as saying.
According to Rogozin, the appropriate legal framework is already being hammered out for the purpose. "There is a serious understanding of the need to conclude a comprehensive agreement on cooperation in the nuclear sector, which embraces a whole array of projects", Rogozin added.
Earlier this year, Zhu Jicai, deputy director of China National Nuclear Corporation, touted Moscow as Beijing's crucial partner as far as the peaceful use of atomic energy is concerned. He said that the two countries are successfully developing a spate of common projects in this field, such as the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in China's Jiangsu Province.
Built by the Russian nuclear service and equipment giant Atomstroyexport, the Tianwan NPP was touted by the International Atomic Energy Agency as the world's safest operational nuclear power station. The two sides currently consider the construction of new power units for the Tianwan facility, as well as the construction of a nuclear power station in Harbin.