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2003-12-09 Chinese-German MOX project for peaceful purposes

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Tuesday, 09 December 2003 00:00

BEIJING, Dec. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- China will import fuel equipment from Germany solely for peaceful purposes, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao here Tuesday.

China is consulting with Germany's engineering giant Siemens on purchasing its equipment used to produce MOX, a fuel for nuclear power plants, said Liu.

The fuels used for nuclear power stations are called spent fuels, which are made up of unexhausted plutonium and uranium, Liu explained, saying that coming out of the two elements, the mixed-oxide MOX will be again applied in nuclear power stations.

The theory behind the processing can improve the utilization ratio of the uranium and thus increase the economic benefits of a nuclear power station, said Liu.

Liu said that the MOX elements that show great potential are applied now in over 30 light water reactors and over 20 fast neutron reactor nuclear power stations in France, the United States and Japan.

China published a White Paper on China's Non-Proliferation Policy and Measures on Dec. 3, and China will shoulder its due obligations since it is an acceding state of a series of international conventions on non-proliferation, said the spokesman.

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