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What China's rapidly expanding nuclear industry means for the West

Beijing understands how electricity can be used to build an empire

| China
The Karachi nuclear power plant: the low costs of the export reactors are underpinned by Chinese funding. (Photo from CNNC' press release)

Nick Butler is a visiting professor at King's College London and a former senior executive at energy company BP.

On Mar. 11, Pakistan inaugurated its most recent and largest civil nuclear power project with the opening of the 1.1-gigawatt plant in Karachi, doubling the capacity of Pakistan's four existing nuclear facilities. A second similar unit is due to come online in the coming months.

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