France, China Agree to Nuclear Power Partnership
November 5, 2010
Paris, France (ChattahBox World News) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy rolled out the red carpet – literally – to greet Chinese President Hu Jintao yesterday, as Chinese flags lined the streets of Paris to welcome the Chinese statesman to France. The two countries agreed to $22.8 billion in deals through which France will sell uranium, technology, and 102 Airbus planes to China and expand China’s nuclear power program, the Huffington Post reports.
France gets about 75 percent of its electricity from nuclear energy, and Sarkozy agreed to strategic cooperation on the topic with China, offering information on everything from building plants to recycling fuel. In addition, France will sell China 20,000 tons of uranium over the next ten years, a contract worth around $3.5 billion alone, Huffington Post indicates.
Some analysts worried that Sarkozy might be beginning to ignore China’s human rights violations, pointing to his silence after imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiabo won the Nobel Peace Prize last month. But Sarkozy’s spokespeople indicated he would not hedge his comments with Hu, noting that no subject would be off-limits, Huffington Post says. In the past, Sarkozy had threatened to Boycott the Beijing Olympics to protest China’s treatment of Tibet, and also met with the Dalai Lama, but France’s relationship with China has slowly improved since those incidents.