Premier Li Keqiang, left, meets workers from the China Nuclear Power Engineering Co during an inspection on Monday. (Photo by Wu Zhiyi / China Daily)
Time for Chinese equipment makers to explore overseas markets, premier says
China will promote nuclear power on a larger scale at home and abroad as it steps up the upgrading of manufacturing and seeks more global deals, Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday.
Li backed the Hualong One Reactor, a domestically developed third-generation reactor design, saying it is the latest on his list for businesses to go global.
The premier also said that it is time for Chinese equipment makers to explore overseas markets, and that demonstrations of this equipment are needed to boost such exports.
While China's high-speed railways are gaining a global reputation, Chinese nuclear power technology and its facilities should also have a place abroad, he said.
He made the comments during a visit to China Nuclear Power Engineering Co Ltd in Beijing.
"Safety is a must and should be ensured throughout the whole process, from design to operation. I hope you can adopt the highest standards, offer the best quality with the most competitive prices," he said.
Xing Ji, the Hualong One chief designer, showed the premier a simulation to demonstrate that the reactors are strong enough to withstand an aircraft crash.