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  • Editor’s Picks / 03 March 2016 at 6:26 GMT

    China to build floating nuclear power station this year

    China Daily
    China will start construction of a floating nuclear power station by the end of this year, a senior corporate executive said. The facility, designed to power offshore oil and gas drilling, island development and remote areas, is scheduled to be put into operation in 2019, said National Nuclear Corporation chairman Sun Qin. The company holds all the intellectual property rights of the floating nuclear reactor, said Sun, a deputy to the National People's Congress, before the opening of the annual legislative session. Currently, China has 30 nuclear power generating units in operation and another 24 units are under construction, all on land.
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    Jeff Carnes Jeff Carnes
    The full article does not offer much details but this sounds somewhat dangerous. Nuclear power plants traditionally come with stigmas on its safety. A floating nuclear reactor?...
    alv alv
    It's ultimately no different to a nuclear powered icebreaker/aircraft carrier/etc... from the outside it'll probably just look like a big old ship just with a few...
  • Editor’s Picks / 18 February 2016 at 0:19 GMT

    Trade with Pyongyang could succeed where sanctions have failed

    South China Morning Post
    North Korea is the only country known to have conducted nuclear tests this century, which points to an unwavering ambition to achieve long-range ballistic nuclear deterrence. The response so far is for more sanctions: the blunt tool that hasn’t proved to work. China is in a quandary. Beijing opposes sanctions that would precipitate a humanitarian disaster. To change North Korea, sanctions are necessary but not sufficient. In addition, Beijing should see fit to give financial fair wind to North Korea’s special economic zones and infrastructural development, particularly those that link up with China. The historian Thucydides reduced human motivation for war to “fear, honour and profits”. His insight can apply to North Korea’s belligerence.
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