Sunday, January 16

The sale of two INVAP nuclear reactors to China progresses

Currently, the Asian country imports around 85% of medicinal radioisotopes, so Argentina could play an important role as a supplier and to advance long-term cooperation projects through production in China. The project excites Foreign Ministry officials, who emphasize that it would be “a technology transfer from Argentina to China”.

The Chinese Vice Minister, Zhang Kejian, He is also the highest authority of the China National Space Administration, the China Atomic Energy Authority and the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. That is to say, that under its orbit are three strategic issues such as space, nuclear and defense issues. So the talks were central to the bilateral relationship.

From the Government they confirmed Ambit that also worked on the details of the project for the construction of a nuclear power plant Hualong 1 in Argentina. Is about Atucha III. An initiative that would require a record investment and that could be financed with a country-to-country loan, which would begin to be paid once the plant begins to produce energy. “Nuclear energy can play a key role in reducing carbon emissions, thus helping to combat climate change,” officials said after the meeting.

In an official statement, the embassy announced that in the area of ​​the defense industry, they discussed ongoing projects and highlighted: “For Argentina it is important that all productive projects have technology and capabilities transfer to the country’s defense companies.” In this sense, China would have been willing to produce in the country and generate technology and skills transfer.

For his part, Sabino Vaca Narvaja He underscored Argentina’s interest in deepening cooperation in the space area. In this framework, both agreed to promote negotiations to conclude the signing of the 2021-2025 Space Cooperation Plan that covers different areas such as space science, deep space exploration, Earth observation and the training of human resources, among others.

The Xi Jinping official stressed that “China is interested in seeing greater cooperation in the area of ​​technology transfer in the bilateral relationship, especially in the area of ​​space, nuclear and defense.” In that sense, he said that his interest “is not in a particular project but in the construction of a long-term virtuous relationship that allows the development of the two countries.”