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China eyes offshore reactors as next step in nuclear goals

New power source could have serious implications for South China Sea disputes

A booth of China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) is pictured at an expo in Xian, Shaanxi Province, China August 19, 2017.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Chinese state-owned companies are taking major steps toward building floating nuclear reactors, with the first slated to come online as early as 2019, amid a national push to meet growing energy demands at offshore oil fields and remote islands.

But any attempt to set these facilities up in disputed waters in the South China Sea will likely be met by international condemnation.

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