US, Chinese Officials Commission Nuclear Security CoE in Beijing; Ernest Moniz Comments

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Nuclear powerplantChina has unveiled a new nuclear security center of excellence in Beijing that aims to support international efforts to secure nuclear materials.

Ernest Moniz, secretary of the U.S. Energy Department, along with senior U.S. officials from the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Defense Department, helped commission the new CoE with the China Atomic Energy Authority, DOE said Friday.

The department said the CoE will serve as a hub for activities related to nuclear security technologies and practices.

“This [CoE] is a world-class facility for Chinese, regional and international nuclear security training and technical exchanges,” said Moniz.

The U.S., through the NNSA Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, collaborates bilaterally with at least 21 partner nations in Asia, Africa and the Americas in an effort to bolster nuclear security, DOE noted.

DNN is working with partners on current and future CoEs in Japan, South Korea and Kazakhstan.

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