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Obstinance on nuclear strategy in China

DW readers wrote in to tell us about nuclear energy policy where they live.

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I live in China. Although full-scale safety inspection of all nuclear plants in operation or under construction are required by the government after the Japan nuke crisis, the enthusiasm for nuclear power stations will not ease off. China has made a great strategy of increasing the nuclear power ratio in energy composition to seven to eight percent in the next five years, because a high economic increasing rate is the only way the government can keep society stable. They believe that by taking advantage of the most state-of-art technologies, nuclear power stations can be operated in the highest safety level, and this cannot be challenged by public opinion.

Anyway, these days, people in China have began to buy salt in a rushed way, since they believe that eating more salt can protect them from radioactive damage caused by the Japan nuclear emergency. A supply shortage of salt in markets has been reported.

-- Lu Bo, China

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