중국은 오는 2020년까지 핵 에너지 생산량을 거의 갑절로 늘리기 위한 야심적인 계획을 발표하고 동시에 북한과 이란등지에 핵기술을 제공하고 있다는 설을 부인했습니다.
중국의 국영 [핵발전 공사]의 [캉 리씬] 총 지배인은 6일 베이징에서 기자들에게 [핵발전공사]가 다른나라들과 핵기술을 공유하기 원한다고 말했습니다. [리친]씨는 중국이 핵무기 개발을 위한 물질이나 전문지식을 다른나라에 제공한다는 설을 부인했습니다.
[리친]씨는 중국이 평화적인 목적을 위해 국제적 협력을 모색하고 있으며 규정과 원칙들을 엄격히 준수하고 있다면서 북한이나 이란 또는 리비아등과는 그런 협력 관계가 존재하지 않는다고 말했습니다.
그러나 중국은 지난 1980년대와 90년대에도 다른나라의 핵능력 개발을 지원하지 않는다고 확약했었지만 그후에 이란과 파키스탄등지에 객기술을 비밀리에 제공했었음이 폭로된바 있습니다.
중국관리들은 급속히 증가하고 있는 국내 에너지수요에 부응하기 위해 핵 에너지 생산략을 증대시킬 필요가 있다고 말하고 있습니다. 석탄과 석유를 사용하는 중국의 발전소들은 국내 전력 수요를 충당하지 못하고 있고 지난 수년간 국내 많은지역에서는 빈번히 단전사고가 발생해 왔습니다.
INTRO: China has laid out an ambitious plan to almost double the percentage of nuclear energy it produces by the year 2020. Officials at the same time deny any suggestion that they are supplying nuclear technology to Iran and North Korea. VOA's Luis Ramirez reports from Beijing.
TEXT: Kang Rixin, general manager of the state-owned nuclear power agency, China National Nuclear Corporation, told reporters in Beijing Monday the agency wants to share its technology with other nations. Speaking through a translator, he denied any suggestion China might be supplying other nations with the materials or knowledge to develop nuclear weapons.
/// KANG ACT IN MANDARIN, - THRU TRANSLATOR
/// "Our international cooperation is for peaceful purposes and we strictly follow relevant rules and principles. We have no such cooperation with Iran, North Korea, and Libya." /// END ACT ///
Beijing in the 1980's and 90's made repeated assurances that it was not helping other nations develop nuclear capabilities. These assurances were followed by later revelations that China had secretly supplied countries including Iran and Pakistan with nuclear technology.
/// OPT /// China is helping Pakistan with plans to build a 300-megawatt nuclear power plant. Construction is expected to start as early as this year. /// END OPT ///
Chinese officials say they need to expand nuclear power production capacity to meet the country's rapidly growing energy needs. The country's coal- and oil-fueled power plants are unable to keep up with electricity demand and many areas of the country have experienced power outages over the past few years.
/// REST OPT /// The nuclear plans were discussed as U.N. and Chinese government officials gathered Monday to begin work on a 12-year effort to address China's energy challenges as the nation becomes the world's second largest consumer of energy - after the United States. U.N. Development Program representative Khalid Malik says China's energy problems stem from its reliance on highly polluting coal, insufficient production, and its inefficient use of electricity.
/// MALIK ACT ///
"China is using two and a-half times more energy than it needs to, per unit of output, if you were to compare global averages. So there is a lot of room for improvement." /// END ACT ///
China currently gets little more than two percent of its electricity from its nine nuclear power plants. Officials on Monday said they plan to bring 10 more plants online in the coming years. The aim is to have four percent of the country's energy come from nuclear sources by the year 2020. (Signed)