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AmCham calls for transparent nuclear policy

AmCham calls for transparent nuclear policy

Taipei, March 21 (CNA) Taiwan's government should provide adequate public information about its nuclear policy before making any decisions on nuclear power, the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei said Thursday. "We think it is a complicated issue," Andrea Wu, president of AmCham Taipei, said in response to reporters' questions on the sidelines of a gathering of representatives of American Chambers of Commerce in the Asia-Pacific region. She said Taiwan's government should offer "adequate information and data" about its nuclear policy to the public before making any decisions or holding a referendum on the issue. "We hope we can get enough information in order to make decisions with careful consideration," Wu said. Her comments were made against the backdrop of an ongoing debate over the fate of the country's fourth nuclear power plant, which is near completion. Since the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan in March 2011, the Taiwan government has declared its determination to gradually reduce the country's reliance on nuclear energy. The government plans to hold a referendum on whether to halt construction of the plant and whether it should be put into operation even if it is completed. Tami Overby, vice president for Asia at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said at the AmCham conference that it is important to have safe power, whether it is nuclear or conventional. In light of the 2011 nuclear crisis in Japan, people will need stronger and more vigorous safeguards to ensure the safety of nuclear power, she said. Although nuclear power can be produced safely and is seen as an affordable option for electricity, it is up to the people and the government of Taiwan to decide what to do in this case, Overby said. The 2013 Spring Conference of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) is being held March 21-22 under the theme "A 2020 Vision for U.S.-Asia Partnership." It is covering such issues as green energy, the impact of free trade agreements and regional trade agreements, the realignment of regional supply chains and the protection of innovation and creativity, according to AmCham Taipei. (By Jeffrey Wu and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-05-09 07:17 GMT+08:00