Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.2747/1539-7216.52.4.464
Title: China's nuclear energy in light of the disaster in Japan
Authors: Thomson, E. 
Keywords: Chernobyl
China
coal
energy mix
Fukushima
Japan
nuclear power
nuclear reactors
power plants
spent nuclear fuel
Three Mile Island
Issue Date: 1-Jul-2011
Citation: Thomson, E. (2011-07-01). China's nuclear energy in light of the disaster in Japan. Eurasian Geography and Economics 52 (4) : 464-482. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.2747/1539-7216.52.4.464
Abstract: A specialist on China's energy industries surveys China's ambitious program for the expansion of nuclear energy, and how it may be reassessed in light of the disaster (earthquake and tsunami) that destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan in March 2011, spreading hazardous levels of radiation and forcing mass evacuations in that country. The author examines the rationale underlying the Chinese government's decision to rapidly increase China's nuclear power generation capacity, reviews the new plant construction targets in place immediately preceding the disaster in Japan, and analyzes Beijing's responses to it. Among the questions addressed are what alternatives China has for increasing "clean" power generation and whether nuclear power generation in that country poses greater risks overall than other means of power generation.
Source Title: Eurasian Geography and Economics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/116950
ISSN: 15387216
DOI: 10.2747/1539-7216.52.4.464
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