China and Belgium sign agreement for nuclear power partnership

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Belgium and China have signed a partnership agreement on the peaceful generation of nuclear energy during a meeting in Brussels on Wednesday.

The meeting between Chinese Premie Li Keqiang and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel involved the signing of several accords, including the nuclear framework agreement.

"Li said the two countries could boost cooperation in technology and innovation and expand nuclear cooperation on the basis of abiding by international laws and meeting international obligations," China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

"The two countries can deepen practical cooperation in infrastructure development and the digital economy while actively exploring third-party market cooperation."

According to Li, China will continue its plans to develop clean energy, for which nuclear is a key contributor.

China currently upholds around 45 operational nuclear power reactors, with around 15 in construction phase.

Belgium is said to have 7 reactors, which are producing approximately 50 per cent of the country’s power. However, Belgium is looking to fully decommission these reactors by 2025.

 

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