President Xi Jinping agreed Thursday to open talks with New Delhi on cooperation in India’s nuclear energy sector, Reuters reported, citing an official announcement. A deal for India to buy nuclear reactors from China could be years away, but the agreement to explore options means China may now be competing with the US, France, Russia and several other countries lined up to offer atomic power to combat India’s chronic power problems. “I think the Chinese are looking basically at the commercial angle, since India is going to be giving contracts for nearly US$150 billion in the next 10-15 years,” said Srikanth Kondapalli, a China watcher at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University.
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