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UN nuclear watchdog conducts first security advisory mission in China

By Zhao Lei | | Updated: 2017-09-12 16:00

The International Atomic Energy Agency has concluded its first nuclear security advisory mission in China, issuing a final report that commends the nation, according to the China Atomic Energy Authority.

The two-week International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission reviewed the legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear security, as well as the physical protection of nuclear material and facilities. 

An eight-member team visited the Fangjiashan nuclear plant, part of Qinshan Nuclear Power Station in Zhejiang province, to examine security arrangements and observe physical protection measures. The experts also met with officials from several Chinese government bodies involved in nuclear security.

The agency has carried out 78 advisory service missions in 48 member states since 1995. This was the first in China.

The China Atomic Energy Authority said on Tuesday that the experts' review report highly approves of the government's continuous efforts to strengthen nuclear safety, to boost the sustainable development of the nuclear power industry and to help establish a global nuclear security system. 

The report also notes that challenges are emerging when it comes to the country's nuclear security mechanism and management. It suggested the central government speeds up making laws and regulations to better govern this sector.

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