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China Slowing Nuclear Buildout In Response To Fukushima 109

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Lasrick writes "Yun Zhou writes about the end result of China's long reconsideration of nuclear power safety in the wake of Fukushima. Important details about the decision to adopt designs created in China, and incorporate Gen III in those designs." The short version is that they won't be building more Generation II reactors, opting instead to only build Generation III reactors (which have passive safety systems). Instead of relying entirely on the AP1000, China is speeding up the design of their own Generation III reactors. Plans are still in place for 70GW by 2020, but that date will likely slip due to regulatory delays and the temporary construction moratorium.
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China Slowing Nuclear Buildout In Response To Fukushima

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  • Why? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Das Auge (597142) on Friday June 29, 2012 @07:22PM (#40500557)
    Are they building their new nuclear reactors with 50 year old technology on fault lines next to an ocean with an insufficient battery back up? That would be the only reason a sensible person would look at the Fukushima and decide not to build a nuclear power plant.
  • by ubrgeek (679399) on Friday June 29, 2012 @07:26PM (#40500581)
    Wish more stories on /. started that way. ;)
  • Re:Great... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Friday June 29, 2012 @07:55PM (#40500801)

    Yet another area that China will be ahead of the US on before long

    The world economy is not a zero sum game. China's gain is not America's loss. When one nation makes progress, they tend to import more, and pull up other economies along with themselves. There is no rational reason for China and America to be rivals. But, unfortunately, there are plenty of irrational reasons.

    Perhaps it's time to seriously consider learning Mandarin.

    It is difficult. Especially the tones. For an English speaker, it is several times more difficult than picking up, say, Spanish. I have been working on it for years, and still get misunderstood whenever I talk to someone not used to a foreign accent. However, the writing system is actually fairly logical once you get used to it, and I can read and type (but not write) way better than I can listen or talk.

  • by SwedishPenguin (1035756) on Friday June 29, 2012 @08:07PM (#40500867)

    There seems to be a strange sentiment among some that "they" (i.e. everyone they don't like) should have to reinvent the wheel for any thing they do, ignoring of course how their own countrymen came about the knowledge in question in the first place. Knowledge belongs to humanity, not to the arbitrary groupings of humans called countries and companies.

  • Re:Great... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cpu6502 (1960974) on Friday June 29, 2012 @08:09PM (#40500873)

    Americans have been saying negative things about the U.S. and how it's "best days are behind it" since the Progressive Party was born in the 1880s. After the civil war they claimed it was the gilded age (looks like gold but not really; just gold-plated crap). They also whined about the end of the pre-war agrarianism and replacement by industrialism with bad work conditions.

    In the 1920s there was a 1 year Depression, but things looked pretty good overall. But then we got hit by the 1930s Depression and some Americans started saying we should copy nations like Italy and Germany (seriously) who recovered almost overnight. In the 1950s they claimed we should be more like the Russians, after all they launched the first satellite. That must mean our schools suck!

    In the 60s people complained we should "make love not war" and in the 70s people went nuts with drugs & disco trying to escape the hell of gas lines & stagflation. Reagan swept-in with a great deal of optimism, but soon people were claiming "Japan will buy all our land and buildings." (See the movie Rising Sun for an example of the 80s mindset.) Reagan responded by demanding we need to copy Japanese HDTV and other inventions to regain dominance.

    The 90s was a crapfest with the Iraq War, terrorist attacks on WTC, Oklahoma City, and the USS Cole. The 2000s was more of the same. And NOW people are claiming the Chinese will buy-up all our land and buildings (I thought the Japanese were doing that in the 80s?).

    Complain, be afraid, worry our best times our behind us. It's been the American way since the civil war. FUD is the true national passtime.

  • Re:Great... (Score:2, Insightful)

    by clarkkent09 (1104833) on Friday June 29, 2012 @08:28PM (#40500989)

    "There is no avoiding war; it can only be postponed to the advantage of others." N. Machiavelli

    By war in don't mean we should go to an actual war with China, but that we should use every advantage we have to secure and increase our interests, rather than playing nice until it's too late and it is they who hold the upper hand, because they won't be so nice.

  • Re:Great... (Score:4, Insightful)

    by clarkkent09 (1104833) on Friday June 29, 2012 @08:31PM (#40501009)

    Would it be better not to worry and to be complacent and take what we have for granted? Didn't work out so well for the Romans.

  • Re:Great... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ShanghaiBill (739463) on Friday June 29, 2012 @09:08PM (#40501181)

    Access to scarce resources, including oil.

    We compete for these resources with Europe, Canada, Japan, etc. as well. But we don't consider them our rivals. There is a non-confrontational way to allocate resources: markets.

    Political/military influence in Asia (Japan, Korea, Taiwan etc).

    This is only an issue if we are already rivals.

    Human rights.

    We should express our concern, but ultimately, this is an issue that will be resolved by the Chinese people. America is not going to "fix" China, and it is silly to think that we can.

    China's vast industrial and military espionage programs against the USA.

    The military espionage is only an issue if we are already rivals. The industrial espionage is between companies, not countries. The biggest industrial spies in America are other Americans.

    There are lots of things that USA has and China wants, rationally.

    And most of these things we can both have. We need to learn to enlarge the pie, not fight over the size of each slice.

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