Whilst nuclear power does not seem to have the support of public opinion in many parts of the world China is forging ahead with its ambitious nuclear programme. Some might argue that this is to support their weapons programme but that clearly is not the case and is undoubtedly to provide a stable source of energy for the generation of electricity but also for alternative peaceful uses such as desalination.

This paper covers the history of nuclear power in China over more than thirty years and addresses what impact, if any, their policy of continued expansion of nuclear power will have on the rest of the world. The different reactor types installed in China is reviewed, the infrastructure and the overall strategy is surveyed.

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