SCIO briefing on China's nuclear emergency preparedness

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Xu Dazhe, director of the China Atomic Energy Authority, director general of the State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND), and deputy director of theNational Nuclear Emergency Coordination Committee (CNNECC)

Hu Kaihong, vice director-general of the Press Bureau, State Council Information Office

Jan.27, 2016

China Radio International:

I noticed the white paper states our country will establish a national nuclear emergency rescue team. Can you tell me more about it?

Xu Dazhe:

For now, we have set up 25 professional rescue teams around the country, involving about 1,300 people. Based on this, a national nuclear emergency rescue team will be established. Building a strong, effective nuclear emergency response capability is the precondition for properly dealing with nuclear accidents. The Party and government highly value social stability and people's well-being. Actually, I said something about the work we are doing right now when I answered a foreign reporter's question just now. Sticking to the guidelines of versatile compatibility, resource integration, interdisciplinary support, and integration of military and civilian capabilities, China is determined to build and maintain a fully-fledged national nuclear emergency response capability commensurate with the safe and efficient development of nuclear energy. This is what the government has been working on. We formed the National Nuclear Accident Emergency Coordination Committee in 1991, and gradually built various training bases and technical support centers over the years. We have attached even more importance to the nuclear emergency response capability since the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. The emerging national nuclear emergency rescue team will take part in international rescue missions as justified. It will show the world that China is a responsible power that can make its own contribution to human welfare. Approved by the central government, a team comprising 320 people is now taking shape.

Thank you.

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