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China Asks Russia to Keep Ukraine's Nuclear Plants Safe

By Saibal Dasgupta March 04, 2022

China has issued a call urging "all sides" to ensure the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine, reflecting the nation's unease over Russia's shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Europe's largest.

"We will monitor the situation and call on all sides to exercise restraint, avoid escalation and ensure the safety of relevant nuclear facilities," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said following the overnight attack, which sparked a fire at the Ukrainian compound.

The foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, refused to condemn the Russian attack or call it an invasion. That is consistent with the neutral stance that China has adopted on the issue at the recent meetings at the United Nations.

China does not want to be seen as a country condoning any military act that would endanger safety at a nuclear power plant, said a Chinese scholar who did not wish to be identified.

"We have our own technology for nuclear plants, the Hualong One technology, which we have begun to export," he said.

China has issued a call urging "all sides" to ensure the safety of nuclear facilities in Ukraine, reflecting the nation's unease over Russia's shelling of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, Europe's largest.

"We will monitor the situation and call on all sides to exercise restraint, avoid escalation and ensure the safety of relevant nuclear facilities," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said following the overnight attack, which sparked a fire at the Ukrainian compound.

The foreign ministry spokesman, Wang Wenbin, refused to condemn the Russian attack or call it an invasion. That is consistent with the neutral stance that China has adopted on the issue at the recent meetings at the United Nations.

China does not want to be seen as a country condoning any military act that would endanger safety at a nuclear power plant, said a Chinese scholar who did not wish to be identified.

"We have our own technology for nuclear plants, the Hualong One technology, which we have begun to export," he said.

In another significant move, the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has put a hold on its financial plans in Russia and Belarus, a close ally of Moscow. Those plans are now under review.

In a statement, the Beijing-headquartered AIIB said bank management was taking steps to safeguard its financial position in light of the evolving economic and financial situation.

"Under these circumstances, and in the best interests of the bank, management has decided that all activities relating to Russia and Belarus are on hold and under review."



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