Plutonium Recovery and Recycle Plans in China: Review of a Report

Chennai Centre for China Studies, January 14, 2016

LV Krishnan, Adjunct Faculty, ISSSP, NIAS

c3s logo-newThe recent Belfer Center Report on the Cost of Reprocessing in China by Matthew Bunn, Hui Zhang, and Li Kang provides a very comprehensive analysis of the subject. Bunn and his Chinese co-authors have brought out many relevant details about the various aspects of the Chinese nuclear program derived from sources in Chinese language. The thrust of their objective is to persuade China to defer the programme for recovery and reuse of plutonium in reactors. They present extensive data on economics of the plans to argue that the high cost of the programme is a sufficiently strong reason for such deferment. 

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