26 Janvier 2015
Jan. 26, 2015 - Updated 12:12 UTC+1
Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou has stressed that the option of using nuclear power should not be ruled out if Taiwan wants to avoid experiencing energy shortages.
Public opposition to atomic energy has been increasing in Taiwan since the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident in Japan. Authorities froze construction of Taiwan's fourth nuclear power plant near Taipei in April last year.
Speaking at a national energy conference on Monday, Ma reiterated his pledge to slowly reduce dependency on nuclear power, with the aim of zero nuclear energy in Taiwan.
But he stressed that renewable energies are not stable and the construction halt on nuclear power plants may force Taiwan to suffer power shortages in several years.
He said Taiwan cannot afford to abandon any energy options.
Following Ma's remarks, some conference participants loudly expressed concerns about the safety of nuclear plants. A civic group also held a rally outside the venue to oppose nuclear power.