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China launches French-designed next-gen nuclear reactor

Beijing showcases ties to Paris as US tries to curb Chinese tech ambitions

The No. 1 reactor at China General Nuclear Power's Taishan plant became the world's first operational European-style water pressure reactor on Friday.
The No. 1 reactor at China General Nuclear Power's Taishan plant became the world's first operational European-style water pressure reactor on Friday.   © Photo from Taishan plant website

BEIJING -- The world's latest cutting-edge pressurized nuclear reactor built with French technology has gone into operation in Guangdong Province, state-owned China General Nuclear Power announced Friday.

The No. 1 reactor at CGN's Taishan nuclear power plant, known as the "European Pressurized Reactor," was designed by Electricite de France unit Framatome. The unit boasts a world-leading generating capacity of 1.75 GW.

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