China begins operating the Hualong nuclear reactor
The Hualong nuclear reactor in China, which has been linked to the national electricity grid, produces 10 billion kilowatts per year, which contributes to reducing carbon emissions by 8 million tons, according to the China National Nuclear Corporation.
With this achievement, China was able to break the West’s monopoly on technology at the nuclear level, and the Chinese nuclear plants were not sufficient to cover only 5% of the country's domestic need in 2019, so with this achievement it is expected to increase its work in reducing the impact of carbon emissions gradually until it ends in 2060.
Reducing dependence on Western technology in strategic sectors such as the nuclear sector is a central goal of the Chinese strategy outlined in the "Made in China 2025" plan.
The construction work of "Hualong Wan" began in 2015, and China is currently building 6 more reactors in China and abroad, according to the authority.
China has 47 nuclear plants, with a total capacity of 48.75 million kilowatts, which puts it in third place in this regard after the United States and France, according to AFP.