The attendees to the Paris meeting: ITER Deputy Director General Shaoqi Wang, Kaname Ikeda, Ambassador Kong Quan, Zhang Zhiqin, the Minister-Counsellor for Science & Technology and Zhu Liying, Counsellor for Bilateral Relations.
On 2 July 2009, ITER Director-General Kaname Ikeda met with His Excellency Mr. Kong Quan, Chinese Ambassador to France, at the Chinese Embassy in Paris. DG Ikeda briefed the Ambassador on the background and status of the development of the ITER project, especially the main outcome of the recent Council meeting. He explained how the ITER project was providing an important platform for all seven Members to jointly conduct international collaboration in fusion research in order to meet the world's demands for an alternative supply of energy in the future.
The Ambassador pointed out that ITER was one of the most international mega-science collaboration projects in which China had ever participated. The success and achievements of ITER would definitely offer a solution to the energy sustainability for all mankind. China would continue its support for the development of the ITER project by fulfilling its due obligations.
DG Ikeda and Ambassador Kong further exchanged views on the project schedule, China's current participation and that of other Members, and on the status of Chinese staff working in the ITER Organization. Lastly, Ambassador Kong happily accepted an invitation to visit the ITER Site in Cadarache. return to Newsline #89