Concerns grow over China nuclear reactors shrouded in mystery. No one outside China knows if two new nuclear reactors that are under construction and that will produce plutonium serve a dual civilian-military use. Like many of the over 5,000 small islands dotting China’s coastline, the islet of Changbiao is unremarkable in its history and geography. Jutting out from the shoreline of Fujian province like a small right-footed footprint, it has only gained recognition recently – and even then among a small handful of experts – for being home to China’s first two CFR-600 sodium-cooled fast-neutron nuclear reactors.
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China launched construction on four nuclear reactors made with Russian technology in a project symbolizing the tight bond between the two countries. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the groundbreaking ceremonies via video conference on Wednesday. The two sides first agreed to the nuclear project in 2018. Pervading the occasion was Russia and China’s desire to play up their close cooperation in the face of pressure from the U.S. and its allies. The nuclear project adds two reactors each to Tianwan Nuclear Power Plant in Jiangsu Province and Xudapu Nuclear Plant in Liaoning Province. Operations are set to begin between 2026 and 2028, according to the agreement. The cost of construction is an estimated $1.7 billion at each site.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Wednesday hailed close ties between their countries as they launched via videoconference work on Russian-built nuclear power plants in China.
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Work on Tianwan units 7 and 8 and Xudabao units 3 and 4 was launched today at a ceremony attended via video-link by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The four VVER-1200 reactors are part of a series of strategic agreements Russia and China signed in 2018. According to a Kremlin statement, the two heads of state witnessed the pouring of first concrete for Tianwan unit 7 and Xudabao unit 3.
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