Blinken: China accelerating Taiwan plans to build nuclear power plant
Chinese leader Xi Jinping has recently made many trips to the island, and had held a meeting with the island’s president Tsai Ing-wen last weekend.
It’s been widely reported that Chinese President Xi Jinping is planning to visit Taiwan again in the next few months, but that Chinese leader has also confirmed reports that his country will soon begin building a nuclear power plant on the island.
The planned nuclear plant would have a capacity of 70 to 75 gigawatts and would also be built with the aid of Taiwan’s national power grid.
Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen last weekend visited Beijing, where she met the Chinese leader to discuss strengthening ties between the two sides.
A nuclear power plant in Taiwan would also be a source of additional revenue for China, said Chen Wenkui, a specialist at the Dali University in Shenzhen.
“China is trying to build up its national energy production capacity,” Chen said in an interview with the Global Times. “In the long run, it will increase government revenues as well as national competitiveness.”
“China is aiming to have a nuclear power plant in Taiwan by next year or earlier,” Chen said.
Taiwan’s Central Bank has said the island can build a nuclear power plant by 2020.
The government has said a nuclear plant would be an “indispensable national security” asset, adding that Taiwan will be the only remaining nuclear power plant in Asia.
“In the end, China is trying to build up its national energy production capacity to become a developed country,” Chen said.
“Taiwan has always been a place for national security. That’s our strength, but the national defense is getting more and more complex.”
After the summit between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his Taiwanese counterpart Tsai Ing-wen, the leaders will hold another meeting next month.
According to an article published in The New York Times on December 27, Chinese President Xi Jinping told President Tsai Ing-wen that he plans to visit Taiwan again in the next few months. The article did not clarify when this is supposed to happen.
The article says that during Xi’s latest visit to Taiwan in September 2015, he said he would come to visit Taiwan