CGTN: Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hailed nuclear energy cooperation between the two countries when attending a groundbreaking ceremony of the bilateral nuclear energy cooperation project via video link. The ceremony was held to mark the first day of construction of power units No. 7 and 8 of the Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant, and No. 3 and 4 of the Xudapu Nuclear Power Plant.
 Xi, in his speech, reiterated China’s close attention to energy cooperation with Russia as it is a traditional cooperative area between the two countries.
 Xi hailed the beginning of construction of the two nuclear power plants, and noted that the energy projects set an example for bilateral cooperation in other sectors.
Stressing that the bilateral cooperation on nuclear energy is meaningful for the high-level development of the China-Russia comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination for a new era, Xi said he hopes the two sides will follow the sound momentum and conduct more effective cooperation in other sectors.
The Chinese president also proposed three points of hope to the projects.
First, he highlighted the importance of safety and security during the construction, urging workers to always put safety atop the agenda and strive to set an example for global nuclear cooperation.
Second, innovation needs to become a driving force in such cooperation, said Xi, calling for greater integration of technology in nuclear energy cooperation.