Sino-French Nuclear Power Pact Not A Sure Thing

"The Chinese are more interested in reverse engineering than in letting any international firm get the lion's share of the Chinese nuclear power market..."

Published: 11-Oct-2004

PARIS, Oct 8 (Reuters) - France is leading the international race to get a slice of China's multi-billion-dollar nuclear power industry in terms of technology and experience but industry experts say that does not guarantee it will win.

Lured by China's focus on nuclear generation to power its insatiabale energy needs, French President Jacques Chirac is visiting Beijing on Saturday with the heads of the world's top nuclear power producer Electricite de France [EDF.UL] and nuclear reactor maker Areva (CEPFi.PA: Quote, Profile, Research) .

China already uses French, Russian and Canadian atomic technology but the competitors and latecomers from the United States are beating a path to the world's most populous nation as it seeks to accelerate construction of nuclear power plants.

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