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NATIONAL NEWS - CHASHMA NUCLEAR POWER PLANT: CHINA TO GO AHEAD WITH ITS PLANS.

China is committed to plans to expand a Pakistan nuclear power plant using 1970s technology, experts say, even after Japan's crisis triggered global alarm about atomic safety. China's construction of reactors at the Chashma nuclear power plant in the Punjab drew international unease well before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami battered the 1970s vintage nuclear reactors in Japan, crippling cooling systems and causing radiation to leak into the surroundings.

Safety is also a concern, as the reactors at Chashma, including the third and fourth units China has planned, are derived from designs dating back to the 1970s, said Mark Hibbs, an expert on atomic policy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, who has closely followed Chinese-Pakistani nuclear cooperation.

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Publication:Pakistan & Gulf Economist
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Date:Apr 3, 2011
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