China to cooperate in nuclear projects
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom;
July 20, 2001
Text of report in English by Russian news agency ITAR-TASS
Moscow, 20 July: Russia and China are going to cooperate
in designing a nuclear energy plant for spacecraft and in manufacture
of the so-called MOX fuel, a mixture of plutonium and uranium.
The cooperation accord was made in Moscow on Friday
[20 July] by Russian Nuclear Energy Minister Aleksandr Rumyantsev and
the chief of China's State Committee for Science, Technology and Defence
Industry, Liu Jibin.
They co-chair a Russian-Chinese nuclear energy commission
which is part of the inter-governmental economic and technological cooperation
The project of the space nuclear plant and MOX fuel
will involve specialists from several research centres of Russia and
Apart from joint research, Russia's experts take
part in construction of a Taiwanese nuclear power plant, a uranium enrichment
factory and an experimental fast breeding reactor in China.
Rumyantsev and Jibin also discussed the progress
with these projects.
The building of the Taiwanese plant is going to
schedule, and Russia will send a jacket for the first energy unit at
the end of this year. The plant will be launched in 2004-05. Construction
work has been going for two and a half years. The plant's third phase
has been finished and the fourth begun.
Rumyantsev and Jibin stressed that their meeting
followed a visit to Russia by Chinese President Jiang Zemin. They said
the joint nuclear projects were an indication of the two countries'
developing strategic partnership and an example of fulfilment of the
Russian-Chinese friendship treaty.