Russia and China will sign an agreement on nuclear cooperation in the areas of thermonuclear fusion, uranium mining and processing, and conversion of nuclear arms facilities, Russian atomic energy minister Viktor Mikhailov said January 6. According to Mikhailov, a series of other projects are being planned, including a nuclear power generating station at Liaoning (northeastern China) valued at $2 billion and a uranium enrichment plant to produce fuels for nuclear power stations. (17) The announcement comes as China, which is experiencing dynamic industrial growth and a concomitant greater need for energy, launches an ambitious national plan to boost its nuclear power capacity by the year 2010. (18) The cooperation agreement was announced in advance of a visit to China by Boris Yeltsin, tentatively planned for spring 1996, during which a number of agreements are expected to be signed.
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