He Yu, chairman of China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN), attended the 6th China-France High-Level Economic and Financial Dialogue in Paris on Dec 7.
The conference, themed “Constructing a Close and Durable Sino-French Comprehensive Economic Strategic Partnership”, was co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua of the State Council and French Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire.
According to Hu, Sino-French relations have remained sound and steady in recent years, producing remarkable results. Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron reached consensus on a series of issues related to cooperation between the two countries during the G20 Summit.
Hu hoped that both parties would stand by the consensus, which is to promote international cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, increase discussion on bilateral policies, cement cooperation on major projects, explore new areas for collaboration and strengthen cooperation under multilateral framework. This is expected to inject new life into the Sino-French partnership.
France attaches great importance to its relationship with China. The meeting between the two heads of state during the G20 Summit opened a new chapter in the two countries’ bilateral relations. France enjoys certain perks for participating in the Belt and Road Initiative, and is eager to ramp up cooperation with China in trade, technology, agriculture, finance, and dealing with climate change, said Le Maire.
He Yu was invited to deliver a keynote speech during the conference. He pointed out that cooperation in nuclear energy is a cornerstone of Sino-French cooperation. CGN has been privileged to witness and participate in the friendship between the two countries over the past 40 years.
In 1978, then Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and the French Foreign Trade Minister Francois agreed to build the Daya Bay Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) using French technology. This NPP remains in solid condition more than 20 years later, standing as a testament to the cooperation between China and France.
Ten years ago, CGN cooperated with Electricite De France (EDF) to build the Taishan Nuclear Power Plant, whose Unit 1 is the first European Pressurized Reactor (EPR) in the world. The two companies are now working on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) and Bradwell B (BRB) projects in Britain. Over the past 40 years, CGN has stood shoulder to shoulder with EDF, AREVA and other companies under the support of the two countries’ governments.
As the fourth largest independent power generator in France, CGN will seize the development direction of the future energy cooperation between the two countries. The company and its French partners will give full play to their advantages and deepen the nuclear energy cooperation, especially in the field of renewable energy.