Updated 9:12 AM EST, Tue, Jan 05, 2021

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China Exporting Nuclear Technologies to Pakistan and Other Countries

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A total of six nuclear reactors were installed in Pakistan with the assistance of China. The reactors have a total capacity of 3.4 million kilowatts, a top Chinese official said last Sunday.

This is only the beginning of China's plan of exporting their nuclear technologies. Apart from the six that they have already built in Pakistan, Beijing also plans on building two 1100 mw reactors in Karachi with a total of US$6.5 billion in assistance.

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This is just one of the facets China has explored for the sharing and exporting of their nuclear expertise.

Wang Xiaotao, the vice minister of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), said that China is already in initial talks with several other countries for the possibility of exporting nuclear powered equipment.

Among the countries that China is having discussions with are Pakistan and Argentina, Wang said.

In addition to the six built in Pakista, China has also built two 300 MW reactors at Chasma - Pakistan's Punjab province - as well as two more 320 MW units at the same location.

The reactors they are planning on building in Karachi will be the first ever in the area.

With China rapidly providing their assistance and expertise in creating nuclear powered equipment, countries such as India and United States are not as enthusiastic about the progress.

The two countries have expressed reservations on what China is doing, saying that the two reactors that will be built in Karachi are being done so without the sanction of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

The NSG supervises the global civil nuclear technology commerce.

India has secured the NSG waiver last 2009, right after the India-US civil nuclear deal took place.

Last Wednesday, China signed a landmark deal with Argentina that would see them build a pressurised water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant there.

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