By X. Yi-chong
An exploration of ways and why Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China and India have initiated and constructed nuclear strength courses and what demanding situations they face this day. have been the nuclear courses pushed through the low power endowment, a wish to pursue overseas status, nationwide safety issues, environmental pollutants or monetary improvement?
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In many developed countries, such as Australia, where 22 per cent of the world’s known recoverable uranium resides, the public and politicians prefer not to discuss the issue because it is too divisive. In other countries, such as Belgium and Germany, the decision has long been made to phase out existing nuclear power plants. Even in those countries where the government recently made a decision to revive its nuclear energy programme, such as Britain and Sweden, the debate is as intense and intensive as ever.
These new players in the world nuclear market have argued that developing countries should, and could, adopt these small-sized reactors as a bridging programme for their nuclear energy development because they are relatively inexpensive, and their smaller size also makes it easier to deal with transmission problems. Meanwhile, many of these new players are unable to offer export credits to those developing countries wishing to build their nuclear energy programmes. Even if these new players are able to 26 The Politics of Nuclear Energy in Asia provide finance for exports, they are competing with much larger and more mature manufacturers of reactors and the auxiliaries.
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