China calls for stronger co-op with US in next-gen nuke tech
Beijing: China wants joint cooperation with the US in developing next-generation nuclear power technology, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Beijing this week.
Trump will be in China from Wednesday to Friday. He would hold talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In his meeting on Saturday with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and chairman of TerraPower, Li has called for closer China-US cooperation in developing the next-generation nuclear power technology.
Speaking highly of the China-US partnership in this field, Li said companies of the two countries have set up a joint venture with each holding half of shares and agreeing to share the intellectual property rights, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
TerraPower, LLC signed a joint venture agreement with China National Nuclear Corporation to form the Global Innovation Nuclear Energy Technology Limited.
The two companies plan to work together to complete the Travelling Wave Reactor (TWR) design and commercialise the TWR technology.
"This is a pioneering work in China-US high-tech cooperation, which is on a voluntary basis. This shows the open attitudes of both sides," Li said. He said he expects "win-win" results in this cooperation.
China hopes to combine its advantage in talent resources with advanced technologies overseas, and make good use of the internet platform, to promote technological progress that the world can share and benefit from, Li said.