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China rejects nuclear moratorium

China has said it has faith in the safety of its nuclear power technology and will not scrap plans to expand its domestic industry because of Japan’s crisis.

The Environmental Protection Ministry’s nuclear safety director, Tian Jiashu, said China has drawn on the best nuclear energy standards and practices among industrial nations, and that it has learned from accidents at Three Mile Island in the United States and Chernobyl in the former Soviet Union.

Mr Tian said China suspended approvals for new projects this month pending a safety review but will not scrap expansion plans.

He made the comments in an interview posted today on the website of the official People’s Daily newspaper.

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