IAEA Mission Completes China Security Review

The International Atomic Energy Agency has completed a two-week advisory mission in China, the agency said. The International Physical Protection Advisory Service mission included a review of China's legislative and regulatory framework for nuclear security, as well as on-site inspections of one of four nuclear power plants at Qinshan Nuclear Power Base – specifically the Fangjiashan Nuclear Power Plant – to assess security and actual physical security systems up close.

IAEA Inspectors also reviewed evidence of China's implementation of the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). This was ratified in China in 2009 and entered into force in 2016. It provides a regulatory framework for the protection of both nuclear materials and facilities associated with production, transportation, storage and use of nuclear materials.

The IAEA team reported positive findings. “The team said that China maintains strong and sustainable nuclear security activities,” the agency said on its website.

Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in the United States Joseph Sandoval led the team, which included experts from six other countries and the IAEA.

Several Chinese agencies were involved in the assessment, including the China Atomic Energy Authority, the National Energy Administration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council, the Ministry of Public Security, the National Nuclear Safety Administration, the General Administration of Customs and others.

Deputy Director General Shen Lixin of the CAEA Department of System Engineering said he was proud of China's security practices that included several accolades from IAEA team.

The visit to China was the 77th IPPAS mission since 1995, when the program was launched. The mission has now done reviews in 48 different host countries.

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