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China, France pledge to promote Hinkley Point nuke power program

Updated: Sep 21,2016 4:46 PM     Xinhua

NEW YORK — China and France pledged here on Sept 20 to ensure a smooth implementation of Britain’s Hinkley Point nuclear power plant project, and to enhance cooperation in third-party markets.

The Hinkley Point nuclear project is Britain’s first nuclear power plant in two decades. It will be co-built by China General Nuclear Power Corp, which has a one-third stake, and French state-owned company EDF.

The two sides reached the consensus as Premier Li Keqiang met with French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of a series of UN conferences.

During their talks, Premier Li hoped all those concerned could work together to deliver a smooth partnership on the nuclear power program while at the same time calling for China and France to boost their cooperation.

Beijing attaches great importance to its nuclear power partnership with Paris, said Premier Li.

In response, Hollande said France is ready to step up its cooperation with China in nuclear power and third-party markets.

He also hailed the importance of the Hinkley Point project and expects that all sides can come together to ensure the program’s success.

Also in the talks, Premier Li conveyed to Hollande greetings from President Xi Jinping and said China-France relations have seen sound and rapid development, while urging both sides to continue to respect each other, maintain high-level exchanges and consolidate trust for a stronger bilateral relationship.

Premier Li called on the two countries to continue ratcheting up their coordination in international affairs, and to play positive roles in promoting world peace and development.

For his part, Hollande said his country sees in China a good friend, and has full confidence in the prospects of the Chinese economy.

He also lauded China’s contribution to combating climate change and said France is ready to step up its cooperation with China in agriculture, finance and tourism.