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IAEA, China to Strengthen Cooperation in Nuclear Security

Subway in Beijing

During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, with the packed stadiums and jammed subways, keeping the Games safe was foremost on the minds of Chinese authorities. (Photo: P. Pavlicek/IAEA)

The IAEA and China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) signed a practical arrangement in the field of nuclear security in Beijing on 16 August 2010.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and CAEA Chairman Chen Qiufa signed the arrangement, which calls for strengthening the existing cooperation in nuclear security between China and the IAEA.

Under the practical arrangement, China and the IAEA will also work together to improve security in the East Asia region.

The Practical Arrangements on Nuclear Security build upon the 2007 arrangement between the two organizations and extends the IAEA´s existing cooperation with China.

The IAEA´s 18 month-long collaboration with the Chinese authorities in advance of the 2008 Beijing Olympics is one of the most visible areas of cooperation in this field, which augmented the Chinese security plans to include radiological security.

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-- By Ayhan Evrensel, IAEA Division of Public Information