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This year’s JCC was co-chaired by NNSA Deputy Administrator Anne Harrington, DOE Assistant Secretary Pete Lyons, and China National Energy Administration (NEA) Director General Liu Baohua. The co-chairs opened the meeting by noting long-standing U.S.-China cooperation in nuclear energy and nonproliferation, and encouraging all participants to build on the achievements of the PUNT Agreement. The co-chairs also called on the PUNT working groups to explore ways of expanding their activities.
The five PUNT Working Groups discussed their joint efforts in nuclear energy technology, nuclear safeguards and security, nuclear environmental waste management, emergency response, and radioactive source security. All the working groups agreed to a program of work to include in the official Record of Meeting.
The U.S. delegation capped off the PUNT events with a tour of the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu. NPIC led the design and construction of China’s first commercial nuclear power plant.