Work Begins on Nuclear Security Center in China

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Oct. 29, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

Con­struc­tion got un­der­way on Tues­day for a nuc­le­ar-se­cur­ity train­ing fa­cil­ity in Beijing that is be­ing co­oper­at­ively fin­anced by China and the United States, the Xin­hua News Agency re­por­ted.

The Cen­ter of Ex­cel­lence on Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity, loc­ated in a tech­no­logy park in the out­skirts of the Chinese cap­it­al, is planned to con­tain en­vir­on­ment­al labor­at­ory space, test sites and areas for nuc­le­ar-se­cur­ity prac­ti­tion­ers to prac­tice their re­sponse tech­niques. The cen­ter is slated to be fin­ished in 2015, China Atom­ic En­ergy Au­thor­ity Vice Chair­man Wang Yiren said.

The fa­cil­ity is in­ten­ded to en­hance China’s do­mest­ic nuc­le­ar-se­cur­ity cap­ab­il­it­ies and to serve as a re­gion­al hub for the dis­sem­in­a­tion of best prac­tices in the field, Wang said.

CAEA chair­man Ma Xin­grui and U.S. En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz at­ten­ded Tues­day’s ground­break­ing event.

Beijing and Wash­ing­ton agreed in Janu­ary 2011 to work to­geth­er in es­tab­lish­ing the cen­ter. The United States has agreed to sup­ply the equip­ment and train­ers for the fa­cil­ity while China has agreed to pay for most of its op­er­at­ing costs, ac­cord­ing to pre­vi­ous re­ports.

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