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During Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent visit to Hungary – the third stop in his five-day visit to Europe after France and Serbia – a memorandum of understanding on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy was signed by the China Atomic Energy Authority and Hungary's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was one of 18 agreements covering a range of subjects.

Date: Wednesday, 15 May 2024
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Pakistan and China have signed an agreement for construction of a 1,200 MWe Hualong One (HPR1000) reactor at unit 5 of the Chashma NPP in Pakistan’s Punjab province. China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) President Wang Yongge and Muhammad Saeedur Rehman from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU). Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was also present alongside Chinese Charge d’Affaires Pang Chunxue.

Date: Friday, 23 June 2023
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China plans to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in the fields of nuclear energy, nuclear security and space exploration, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said at a summit with rulers and officials from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – during a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-GCC Summit, and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman.

Date: Thursday, 15 December 2022
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A team of government researchers in China have unveiled the design for a commercial nuclear reactor that is expected to be the first in the world that does not need water for cooling, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on 19 July. This will allow the facilities to be built in remote desert regions to provide power for more densely populated areas. The design includes a molten salt reactor, which is powered by liquid thorium rather than uranium, making it safer in the event of a leak. The molten thorium would cool and solidify quickly, dispersing less radiation into the environment. Construction of the first commercial reactor should be completed by 2030 and the government plans to build several in the deserts and plains of central and western China, SCNP noted.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
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