China is planning to build maritime nuclear power platforms to support its projects in the disputed South China Sea. China claims almost the entire South China Sea, which also contains some of the world’s busiest sea lanes. “The nuclear power platforms could ‘sail’ to remote areas and provide a stable power supply,” said The Global Times, a Chinese newspaper. The report quoted Liu Zhengguo, head of the general office of China Shipbuilding Industry Corp, which is in charge of designing and building the platforms, as saying that the company is “pushing forward the work”.
“The development of nuclear power platforms is a burgeoning trend,” Mr Liu said. “The exact number of plants to be built (by the company) depends on the market demand.” The paper also mentioned a January report from the China Securities Journal that a demonstration platform is expected to be completed by 2018 and put into service by the next year.
China’s claim in the region is disputed by other countries, including Vietnam and the Philippines. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi repeatedly said that disputes should be resolved peacefully through negotiation between the parties directly concerned. China has been enraged by a case by the Philippines in an international arbitration against China’s South China Sea. Beijing has said that it will neither participate in the case nor accept it.
- India Writes Network (www.indiawrites.org) is an emerging think tank and a media-publishing company focused on international affairs & the India Story. A venture of TGII Media Private Limited, a leading media, publishing and consultancy company, IWN has carved a niche for balanced and exhaustive reporting and analysis of international affairs. Eminent personalities, politicians, diplomats, authors, strategy gurus and news-makers have contributed to India Writes Network, as also “India and the World,” a magazine focused on global affairs. The Global Insights India (TGII) is the research arm of India Writes Network. To subscribe to India and the World, write to firstname.lastname@example.org
- India and the World2021.10.20India, EU review 2025 roadmap, agree to advance FTA talks
- India and the World2021.09.30Quad set to grow stronger, more focus on economic than China
- Diplomacy2021.09.27Webinar: Eminent diplomats, experts to map post-summit future of Quad
- Diplomacy2021.09.25Quad summit bats for free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific