(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama is expected to announce Wednesday an agreement between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China to establish a “Center of Excellence” in China to promote effective nuclear security and safeguards, ABC News has confirmed from Obama administration sources.
The Center of Excellence, to be jointly financed, will be a place where technical information can be shared, training courses can be offered, and collaborations can be promoted to “enhance nuclear security in China and throughout Asia,” the White House says. “It will also help meet the training needs for China’s expanding nuclear sector, and promote nuclear security best practices throughout the region.”
The White House says that the agreement will allow the Pentagon and the National Nuclear Security Administration -- which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy -- to work with officials of the China Atomic Energy Authority to develop a central site “for training in all aspects of nuclear security.”
A memorandum of understanding has already been signed by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and CAEA Chairman Chen Qiufa, who also serves as Director of China’s State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense as well as Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
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