China’s Energy Commitments
A particular focus for China is nuclear power. In recent years, China has been actively promoting nuclear power “going global” to push forward international co-operation and jointly build nuclear power projects.
In 2013, China’s National Energy Administration and the Romanian energy agency signed a memorandum of understanding to promote co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, nuclear power project construction, and nuclear technology exchange. Candu Energy is currently collaborating with China General Nuclear Power Group to build units 3 and 4 at the nuclear power facility in Cernavodă, Romania. In 2015, China and Argentina signed an agreement to jointly build heavy water reactor and pressurized water reactor nuclear power plants.
China also signed and issued the 2015 Joint Statement on Nuclear Energy Cooperation for Civil Use with the U.K. to jointly develop Britain’s Hinkley Point nuclear power plant with a French power company. According to officials from the NEA Division of Nuclear Power, the Chinese-British-French project, with its multilateral cooperation, is likely to serve as a model for future collaboration.