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China as a Nuclear Power in World Politics

Liu, Leo Yueh-Yun

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ISBN 10: 0800814703 / ISBN 13: 9780800814700
Published by Taplinger Publishing Company, New York, 1972
Condition: Very good Hardcover
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viii, [2], 125, [1] pages. List of Maps. Tables. Notes. Select Bibliography. Index. DJ is price-clipped. DJ has wear, soiling, edge tears and chips. Leo Liu is a political science professor at Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada During the 1960s China emerged as another nuclear power in the world, having conducted since 1964 eleven nuclear tests and launched two space satellites. China's basic foreign policy objectives are examined from both a historical and then contemporary points of view. Professor Liu considers the possible world order that may result from these developments in the future. A lot of time has passed since Dr. Liu's prescient analysis was published in 1972. As of May 2017, the People's Republic of China has 37 nuclear reactors operating with a capacity of 32.4 GW and 20 under construction with a capacity of 20.5 GW. Additional reactors are planned, providing 58 GW of capacity by 2020. China's National Development and Reform Commission has indicated the intention to raise the percentage of China's electricity produced by nuclear power from the current 2% to 6% by 2020 (compared to 20% in the United States and 74% in France). Nuclear power contributed 3% of the total production in 2015 - 170 billion kWh. Nuclear was the fastest-growing electricity source in 2015 (29% growth). Due to increasing concerns about air quality, climate change and fossil fuel shortages, nuclear power has been looked into as an alternative to coal power in China. China has two major nuclear power companies, the China National Nuclear Corporation operating mainly in northeast China, and the China General Nuclear Power Group, - formerly known as China Guangdong Nuclear Power Group, - operating mainly in southeast China. The People's Republic of China is also involved in the development of nuclear fusion reactors through its participation in the ITER project, having constructed an experimental nuclear fusion reactor known as EAST located in Hefei, as well as research and development into the thorium fuel cycle as a potential alternative means of nuclear fission. China wants to maximize self-reliance on nuclear reactor technology manufacturing and design although international cooperation and technology transfer are also encouraged. Advanced pressurized water reactors such as the Hualong One and the AP1000 are the mainstream technology in the near future. By mid-century fast neutron reactors are seen as the main technology. More long-term plans for future capacity are 120-150 GW by 2030. Fast neutron reactors are planned to contribute 1400 GW by 2100. China is positioned to become a reactor exporter, through development of the Hualong One. Bookseller Inventory # 73177

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Title: China as a Nuclear Power in World Politics

Publisher: Taplinger Publishing Company, New York

Publication Date: 1972

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: Presumed First Edition/First Printing.

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