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China's first homegrown reactor ready to take on Western players

Hualong One goes online in major milestone for Beijing's Made in China 2025 drive

China National Nuclear Corp's homegrown nuclear reactor Hualong One is based on U.S. and French designs. (Photo courtesy of CNNC)

BEIJING -- China brought online Friday what it claims to be its first nuclear reactor built with homegrown technology, a state-owned plant operator said, marking a significant step toward turning the country into a major industry player.

The Hualong One, developed by China National Nuclear Corp. and China General Nuclear Power based on U.S. and French designs, is now undergoing a trial run. The third-generation pressurized water nuclear unit will soon start commercial operations as the fifth reactor at Fujian Province's Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant.

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