Madame LIU Yandong, a member of the State Council – the highest administrative body of the Chinese Government – is on a fact-finding tour of scientific facilities in the UK. She was accompanied at JET by four Chinese ministers and vice-ministers. China’s Ambassador to the UK, Madame FU Ying, also attended, together with a large delegation of Chinese administrators, diplomats and academics.
During her visit, Madame LIU was briefed about Europe’s fusion energy research programme, which is spearheaded by JET, the world’s most powerful fusion device. China is increasing its own fusion research activities, and opened the state-of-the-art EAST machine in 2006.
It is hoped that the visit will lead to increased collaboration between Europe and China on fusion, building on existing research connections. Both are partners in the international ITER fusion experiment now being constructed in France, and several Chinese scientists work at Culham on secondments from their home laboratories.
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