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China starts research to beef up nuclear safety

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, poses for photos with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping before their talks at a hotel in Beijing, China, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool) By Ng Han Guan U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left, poses for photos with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping before their talks at a hotel in Beijing, China, Friday, Aug. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool) By Ng Han Guan

 SHANGHAI (AP) -- China's National Energy Administration is aiming to improve safety at nuclear power plants after months of assessments and inspections in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster.

The administration said in a statement on its website that 13 research and development projects should be completed by 2013.

The work will focus on advanced nuclear power safety technology based on research and analysis of nuclear plants, improving emergency response systems and reducing risks of accidents.

China suspended nuclear plant construction after a tsunami triggered by a massive earthquake on March 11 last year crippled a nuclear plant in Fukushima on Japan's northeastern coast. It was the world's worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
 

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