Russia and China sign nuclear pact

21 November 2007

Russia and China have signed four agreements on nuclear energy collaboration at a meeting between the two countries’ prime ministers, the China Daily has reported.

The pact, which includes agreements on uranium enrichment and the peaceful use of nuclear energy, is part of a wider Sino-Russian strategic partnership that aims to promote bilateral trade and investment ties.

A joint communiqué signed in Moscow by Chinese premier Wen Jiabao and Viktor Zubkov states that Russia will help China develop a uranium enrichment facility and build a new nuclear power station on China’s east coast. They also pledged to complete the construction of a Sino-Russian oil pipeline by the end of 2008 and speed up negotiations on a long-term oil supply deal.

Collaboration in the energy sector is a key component of the decade-old Sino-Russian strategic partnership.

Russia’s state nuclear firm Tenex said it has signed a deal to build a gas centrifuge enrichment facility, while AtomStroyExport will build two reactors at the Tianwan plant in China’s Jiangsu province. Russia finished building two 1000 MW reactors in Jiangsu province earlier this year.

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