United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment
Home > About NRC > International Programs > Export-Import > U.S. Policy Framework on Civil Nuclear Cooperation with China For Exports Pursuant to 10 CFR 110

U.S. Policy Framework on Civil Nuclear Cooperation with China For Exports Pursuant to 10 CFR 110

Effective October 11, 2018, the licensing policy for exports of equipment and components pursuant to 10 CFR 110 to China will be the following.

Presumption of approval*, contingent on non-derogatory end-user checks, for requests:

  • Supporting continued projects such as construction of AP-1000, CAP-1000, and major identical components supporting CAP-1400 reactors (i.e., those that are similar in type and technology level to those commonly available); and,
  • For only pressurized light water SMR or non-light water advanced reactors with no technology transfer above and beyond installation and operation.

Presumption of denial* for requests:

  • Related to direct economic competition with the United States such as the Hualong One and unique U.S. components supporting CAP-1400 reactors; and,
  • Any transfer to CGN and/or CGN subsidiaries or related entities. 

The licensing policy for exports of material will be a presumption of approval* for new license applications and amendments or extensions to existing authorizations, but a presumption of denial for any transfer to CGN and/or CGN subsidiaries or related entities.

*  The presumption of approval or the presumption of denial is the recommendation from the Executive Branch process (10 CFR 110.41(b)) to provide judgment as to whether a proposed export would be inimical to the common defense and security of the U.S.  The NRC as an independent agency evaluates the Executive Branch's inimicality decision as part of the licensing process."

The entire U.S. Policy Framework for exports can be found on Department of Energy's website

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, October 17, 2018