Will one of consequence of the Fukushima accident be a freeze of China’s nuclear program?
Right now it is hard to say as there has been some going back and forth in Beijing t. The plan was to have around 70 reactors up and running by 2020 and also to start working on some indigenous technology.
So far the government has ordered integrity checks at existing plants and halted approvals of new nuclear-power plants. But it seems that there will be no moratorium on the 25 reactors under construction. Not surprisingly, Weibo blocked searches of the Chinese characters for “nuclear leak”.
So, does China (and the rest of the world) have the means to go “green“? What may have seemed a silly question one week ago will for sure make for interesting debates.