Over the next 10 years, China wants to build at least six nuclear power stations per year. That means 60 new nuclear reactors. Over the same period, new nuclear power stations are planned in 14 E.U. countries but only half of them are likely to be built. These are figures which will make industrial history.
After weighing up the risks of climate change and nuclear power, Beijing has come to the conclusion that for the time being, there is no viable alternative to nuclear.
Even with the 60 new plants, nuclear power will still only make up 10 percent of Chinese electricity. That figure is currently around 20 percent in the United States and 70 percent France. In Asia, South Korea leads the pack at 30 percent.
That means China still has some leeway. But whether you are for or against nuclear power, one conclusion can be drawn from the decision in Beijing. The future of nuclear technology will be decided in China.