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 Daily:

Mr. Xu, you just mentioned that Chinese President Xi Jinping explained China's stance on nuclear security during the third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Hague in March, 2014, and proposed to build an international nuclear security system, which includes nuclear emergency measures. I want to know what kind of work did China do to promote the international nuclear emergency management system. Thank you.

Xu Dazhe:

I emphasized China's approach to nuclear security as being "rational, coordinated and balanced", which was presented by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the third NSS in Hague in March, 2014. We have to stay clear-minded that security is the priority when developing the nuclear industry. President Xi Jinping mentioned four "equal emphases", namely, equal emphasis on development and security, equal emphasis on rights and obligations, equal emphasis on independent and collaborative efforts and equal emphasis on treating symptoms and addressing causes. The president also mentioned four aspects to "stay firmly committed to", namely, strengthening China's nuclear security capability, building an international nuclear security system, supporting international cooperation on nuclear security and upholding regional and global peace and stability.

China's efforts toward building the nuclear emergency preparedness measures and the system were guided by President Xi Jinping's important thoughts. China's approach to nuclear security should be implemented in the construction and development of China's nuclear power and nuclear emergency preparedness measures. In recent years, I have met with Yukiya Amano, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, several times and shared opinions with him on China's nuclear development in the fields of law, technical regulations, emergency rescue systems, word standards adoption and international cooperation. He has visited a few nuclear power plants under construction in China, and highly affirmed China's efforts toward establishing nuclear emergency preparedness measures. Last year, China held a national-level nuclear security drill known as "Shendun 2015," during which international experts and institution staff members were invited. China's nuclear emergency preparedness is in line with international nuclear security and emergency preparedness systems, and is open to the world. We also want to increase transparency and openness by introducing more information to the media. As a result, the Chinese government published its first white paper on nuclear emergency preparedness. Thank you.

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