Saudi Arabia and China have announced an agreement to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the development and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.

The Wall Street Journal says the agreement seeks to enable cooperation in areas like maintenance and development of nuclear power plants and research reactors, manufacturing and supply of nuclear fuel elements.

The pact with China is the fourth nuclear agreement signed by Saudi Arabia following similar deals with France, Argentina and South Korea.

Saudi Arabia plans to spend more than $100bn on 16 nuclear reactors planned to be built by 2030 to meet its growing domestic energy needs, the kingdom’s former Saudi intelligence chief and former ambassador to Washington, Prince Turki Al Faisal, said last year.

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