China, ASEAN enhance cooperation on peaceful uses of nuclear technology

Over the past decade, China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) have deepened their cooperation in the field of nuclear energy and nuclear technology applications, according to the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA).

Liu Jing, vice chairman of the CAEA, made the remarks at the second China-ASEAN Forum on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology held on Saturday and Sunday in Nanning, the capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

“China has provided ASEAN countries with reliable nuclear technology products, services, and solutions, promoted the training of professionals, and supported the development of peaceful uses of nuclear technology,” Liu said.

Speaking at the forum, Kao Kim Hourn, secretary-general of ASEAN, said he believes the forum can further promote practical cooperation between ASEAN countries and China in the fields of nuclear technology applications and clean energy.

The secretary-general said he hopes that the cooperation will further contribute to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology as well as green development.

Experts also agreed at the forum that China and ASEAN countries should continue to actively promote cooperation in the field of nuclear technology applications.

‘Nuclear technology for a better home’

At the forum, the CAEA released a document of China’s solutions for “nuclear technology for a better home.”

The document introduces the development of China’s nuclear technology application industry, offering China’s solutions in the fields of industry, agriculture, health care, environmental governance, and public security.

“China will accelerate the application of nuclear technology in the fields of industry, agriculture, health care, and environmental governance, in order to better benefit economic development and the well-being of the people,” Liu said.

In the field of agriculture, China can provide the technology and services of radiation-induced plant mutation breeding for the creation of new germplasm and the cultivation of new varieties.

In terms of health care, China can provide a one-stop solution for nuclear medicine imaging diagnosis.

While in the public security area, China can provide passenger and carry-on baggage screening solutions for airports and other transportation hubs, according to the document.

Co-hosted by the CAEA and Guangxi government, this year’s forum was attended by Chinese experts and scholars from enterprises and universities and more than 400 experts from governments, international organizations, enterprises, and universities of ASEAN and some other Asian countries.

The first China-ASEAN Forum on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Technology was held in September 2022.