Mainland, Taiwan ink nuclear deal

Updated: 2011-10-20 16:47


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TIANJIN - Chinese mainland and Taiwan negotiators on Thursday afternoon signed an agreement on cross-Strait cooperation on nuclear safety.

According to the agreement, the two sides will cooperate and hold exchanges concerning regulations and standards for nuclear safety, analysis and evaluation of experiences, basic information on nuclear plants, management of outdated power stations, emergency reporting, radiation monitoring around nuclear plants, and information transparency.

The agreement was signed by the mainland's Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and the Taiwan-based Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF).

The mainland and Taiwan should each organize their own nuclear safety work teams and launch their first meeting within two months after the agreement takes effect to discuss detailed issues covering information sharing and various exchange programs, said the document.

The agreement is expected to boost cross-Strait cooperation in the monitoring of nuclear safety and pave the way for an information reporting system between the two sides to ensure the health of the environment and residents of both sides.