James Platte on Northeast Asia’s nuclear expansion

Northeast Asia’s Nuclear Future
The Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
April 1, 2012
Commentary by: James Platte, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow
Topic: Northeast Asia’s nuclear expansion

“At the beginning of 2011, Northeast Asia was well on its way to becoming the epicenter of a long anticipated global nuclear renaissance. According to data from the International Atomic Energy Agency, China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan account for 22 percent of the operational nuclear power reactors in the world. More importantly, 52 percent of the reactors under construction in the world are located in Northeast Asia (China alone has 41 percent), and 53 percent of the reactors connected to electricity grids since 2000 are in this region. The trend was only beginning, with China and South Korea crafting aggressive expansion plans.”

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