Q: it is reported that the Czech government intends to exclude Chinese enterprises from the bidding for the construction of new units of dukovani nuclear power plant. What is China’s comment on this?
A: China has noted the relevant reports and is seriously concerned about the Czech government’s plan to exclude Chinese enterprises from the relevant project bidding.
Fair competition is the core of market economy. The Chinese side firmly opposes the Czech side’s generalization of the concept of national security and artificial obstacles for Chinese enterprises to enter the Czech market. This practice deviates from the principle of fair competition, violates international economic and trade rules, damages the normal market order and damages the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises.
China urges Czech side to earnestly abide by the principles of market economy and fair competition, and provide an open, fair, transparent and non discriminatory business environment for Chinese enterprises to invest and operate in Czech.
NATO gave a proposal to “exclude China and Russia” and Czech let Chinese enterprises “stand aside”;
Czech political parties have reached a consensus that Chinese companies should be excluded from the bidding for the construction of new nuclear power plants in the Czech Republic, according to Karel & middot; havlichek, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of industry and trade of the Czech Republic, on January 27, local time;.
Reported that the Czech government is finalizing the bidding conditions for a new 1200 MW unit in dukovani nuclear power plant to replace the old units that will reach the service life. After the completion of the new unit, other coal-fired power plants can be shut down to meet the European climate reduction target.
However, for the bidding of this project, the security departments of EU and NATO member States proposed to exclude Russia and China on the grounds of “national security”.
On January 27, local time, after the meeting of party leaders, Havlicek said: “we are getting closer on one issue. Almost all of us think that it is unrealistic for China to participate in the bidding. Now the discussion is whether to allow Russia to participate in the bidding in some form. ”
According to the report, there is no consensus among Czech parties on Russia’s participation in the bidding. The opposition said they would exclude Russia from bidding if they won the Czech election in October. Andre & middot; babish, the Czech Prime Minister, said he wanted a broad political consensus on the project, given that it would not be completed until 2036 or later.
In fact, as early as last April, a source disclosed that the Czech government secretly passed the safety regulations on the bidding for the construction of new units of dukova nuclear power station at the end of April, which mentioned that “it will ensure that enterprises with strategic risks will not win the bid.”;. An anonymous person engaged in the bidding said that although there is no specific enterprise specified in the regulations, it is obvious that according to the standards of NATO and Czech security agencies, this is aimed at Russian atomic energy company and China’s CGN.
At that time, the Russian Federation news agency quoted the comments of Russian Councillor molozov, saying: “I can’t talk about the situation of Chinese companies, but it is a well-known fact that Russian companies are building nuclear power plants all over the world. We have always been a reliable partner and have never had a precedent of any political purpose. &”He believes that the Czech move is related to the recent deterioration of relations between the two countries, and that the Russian threat is the fantasy of some Czech politicians;.
As for the operation of Chinese enterprises in foreign markets, a spokesman for the Ministry of Commerce of China has repeatedly stressed that Chinese enterprises always adhere to the principle of operating in accordance with the law, strictly abide by relevant national laws and regulations in international operation, and always adhere to the principle of marketization and rule of law. Chinese enterprises will continue to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation with other countries on the basis of respecting market rules and relevant laws.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian also said that the Chinese government has always required Chinese enterprises to carry out foreign investment cooperation on the basis of abiding by international rules and local laws and regulations. It is wrong to politicize normal business cooperation and conduct political intervention on the grounds of national security.
The dukova nuclear power station construction project is invested and constructed by CEZ Czech energy company under the Czech Ministry of finance. The total cost of the project is about CZK 140-160 billion (about CZK 39-44.5 billion). The bidding will be completed by the end of 2020. The planned construction period is 2029-2036, and the output power is expected to reach 1200 MW after completion. In addition to Russia’s atomic energy company and CGN, Korea’s hydropower and nuclear power company, France’s electric power company, Westinghouse and other enterprises have signed up to participate in the bidding.