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A Lesson for China’s Nuclear Strategy

Mar 24, 2011

Japan’s recent disaster has spurred Chinese regulators to call on the central government for greater supervision amidst China’ rapidly-growing nuclear power industry

China’s existing nuclear plants are on full alert, as Japan races against time to save its earthquake-stricken nuclear power complex from a complete meltdown. In Beijing, environmental regulators have begun to voice concerns over safety standards within China’s recently-developed nuclear power industry.

On March 16 the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant suffered yet another setback, as a third explosion hit its No. 2 reactor, possibly damaging its critical containment structure which prevents dangerous radioactive materials from leaking out. Radiation levels soared after the explosion, according to Japanese authorities.

The incident happened after two hydrogen explosions already hit the plant’s No.1 and No. 3 reactors. Workers at the complex had tried without success to keep temperatures at the No. 2 reactor under check after its cooling system failed due to these explosions.

Wang Yichao is Caixin staff reporter.

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