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China plans to cooperate with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries in the fields of nuclear energy, nuclear security and space exploration, Chinese President Xi Jinping has said at a summit with rulers and officials from the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates – during a three-day visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-GCC Summit, and pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia at the invitation of King Salman.

Date: Thursday, 15 December 2022
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A team of government researchers in China have unveiled the design for a commercial nuclear reactor that is expected to be the first in the world that does not need water for cooling, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported on 19 July. This will allow the facilities to be built in remote desert regions to provide power for more densely populated areas. The design includes a molten salt reactor, which is powered by liquid thorium rather than uranium, making it safer in the event of a leak. The molten thorium would cool and solidify quickly, dispersing less radiation into the environment. Construction of the first commercial reactor should be completed by 2030 and the government plans to build several in the deserts and plains of central and western China, SCNP noted.

Date: Friday, 23 July 2021
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