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Nur Azha Putra, For The Straits Times

Hunger for energy and pull of N-power

Published on Apr 23, 2014 5:40 PM
A lineman repairs an overhead power cable in Malabon, Metro Manila. In 2012, the Philippine government faced stiff opposition when a state official announced it was considering reviving the country’s nuclear energy plans. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

IN JANUARY, Vietnam announced its intention to delay the construction of its first nuclear power plant due to safety concerns. This was a good move, not only for Hanoi, but also for South-east Asia in general.

With Vietnam slowing down, the pressure on its neighbours to embark on a regional nuclear energy race at the expense of safety concerns has declined.

The move has bought more time for South-east Asian states to work together, through Asean, to strengthen existing regional initiatives on nuclear energy safety and security.

Similar issues will be discussed at a Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague on March 24 and 25.

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