2/23/2012

Turkey starts nuclear talks with China

Hurriyet Daily News - Turkey and China will soon start talks for building the third nuclear power plant in the northwestern region of the country, said Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister in Istanbul yesterday at a meeting with the Vice President of China, noting that Turkey’s doors are wide open for Chinese banks.

“We will start the talks with Chinese authorities and officials regarding nuclear energy,” said Ali Babacan, responding to the questions of journalists after the Turkish-Chinese Business Forum attended by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

Noting that Turkey has a target of having a total of three nuclear power plants by 2023, “The talks would focus on building the country’s third plant” in Igneada, a small town in the northern province of Kırklareli, said the minister.

“Turkish and Chinese companies signed 29 business and trade deals worth USD 1.4 billion,” said Xi at the forum organized by the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (TIM).

“Turkey has become an attractive dynamic of its region, playing an active role in regional issues,” said Xi, addressing Chinese and Turkish businessmen. There has been a remarkable increase in trade volume between the two counties, Xi added.

In the last ten years, Chinese firms signed construction deals exceeding USD 10 billion in Turkey, he said, adding that Turkey and China should be working toward strengthening “strategic cooperation.”
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