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Mainland and Taiwan sign nuclear safety agreement

(China Daily)

08:32, October 21, 2011

TIANJIN - The mainland and Taiwan signed an agreement on nuclear safety on Thursday to boost cooperation following Japan's nuclear crisis.

Under the deal, officials from both sides will alert each other if a major accident occurs and cooperate in limiting any damage.

The mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF) signed the agreement during talks in Tianjin.

"Nuclear safety touches everyone's lives on both sides of the Taiwan Straits and is related to the environment we all share," said Chen Yunlin, president of ARATS.

On March 11 a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami in Japan, which crippled cooling systems at the Fukushima nuclear plant, causing meltdowns and radiation leaks and forcing tens of thousands of people to leave their homes.

The agreement also stipulates that the two sides will endeavor to guarantee transparency in the construction of nuclear plants and the monitoring of existing power stations.

The agreement establishes a mechanism allowing both the mainland and Taiwan to establish nuclear safety teams that will meet each other within two months after the agreement takes effect. Both sides will establish work groups to discuss detailed issues concerning the sharing of information and exchange programs.

"The agreement will give more confidence to the people on both sides of the Taiwan Straits on the safe operation of nuclear power plants," Zheng Lizhong, ARATS executive vice-president, said at a news conference after the signing ceremony.

David Yao, director of the department of planning at Taiwan's atomic energy council, told reporters that the agreement is needed because radiation leaks could be a cross-Straits concern.

Xia Yihua, a radiation expert at the China Institute of Atomic Energy, praised the agreement, saying cooperation to exchange information on nuclear safety should not be hindered by political obstacles across the Straits.

Chen Zhuzhou, a researcher at the science and technology committee of the China National Nuclear Corp, said more should be done between the two sides in addition to information exchange.

"Communication at the academic and technical levels could follow up. We can share each other's experience to better protect people."

The meeting on Thursday also saw a consensus on industrial cooperation. This will lead to an upgrade in industry and give companies on both sides an edge in international markets, according to a statement.

SEF Chairman Chiang Pin-kung said that the institutional talks between SEF and ARATS over the past three years have brought many tangible benefits for cross-Straits exchanges, and these should be maintained and cherished.


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PD User at 2011-10-2527.37.211.*
hi ,what you name to maying!
PD User at 2011-10-2175.16.186.*
Flaw in statement: Thinking of Taiwan as platform for U.S. aggression. Does one really thing putting tools of aggression with-in range of being obliterated by China is a wise military move? Obviously this person is not a military thinker.
ari at 2011-10-21175.137.234.*
All these agreements, treaties, and contracts seems to ipso facto, consider Taiwan as an independent country. Does no one in Beijing understand that? Seems to be a case of shooting oneself in the foot again. Getting further away from integration rather than coming together. I wonder if you can achieve unity without some degree of arm twisting, confrontation and sacrifices? Especially with the U.S. in the background coveting Taiwan as their "unsinkable" aircraft carrier to encircle China and check mate Beijing so that in the event of war, China is in a very disadvantageous position from the minute "go". There should be a time limit to this peace process.

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