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China breaks ground on Russian-designed nuclear reactors

Xi and Putin tout partnership ahead of G-7 summit as US pressure mounts

Cooling towers of a Czech nuclear power plant with Soviet-developed reactors. The four reactors under construction in China are being made with Russian technology.   © Reuters

BEIJING/MOSCOW -- China launched construction on four nuclear reactors made with Russian technology in a project symbolizing the tight bond between the two countries.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin joined the groundbreaking ceremonies via video conference on Wednesday. The two sides first agreed to the nuclear project in 2018.

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