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

The Straits Times:

Two weeks ago, a number of media outlets reported that China General Nuclear Power Cooperation (CGN) plans to construct its first floating nuclear power plant this year. I would like to know the Chinese government's consideration regarding the construction of a marine nuclear power platform, specifically its safety measures and deployment means. Will China construct its nuclear power plants in disputed seas so as to speed up its construction on islands and reefs?

Xu Dazhe:

The Chinese government is busy formulating the 13th Five-Year Plan. Peaceful use of nuclear energy is a significant strategic choice for China as we are a developing country which faces large energy demands and environmental constraints. We are planning to build a floating nuclear power plant, but the entire construction asks for strict and scientific argumentation. Devoted to establishing itself as a maritime power, China will make full use of marine resources. Hence, how to develop nuclear power well is what we have been discussing, researching and planning. However, we assure you that China will stay firmly committed to the peaceful use of nuclear power, and place safety as the top priority in developing nuclear energy, which has been clearly elaborated in China's stance on the nuclear security approach. We will exploit marine resources in the surrounding waters and benefit people based on the preconditions of peace and safety. I hope our media friends from Singapore will rest assured. Thank you.

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