Some China Accomplishments…
China’s BeiDou in race with Nasa over laser communications in space
Researchers conduct experiment using Chinese satellites to create laser network in space for high-speed links
Technology could potentially transmit data a million times faster than by radio signal to almost any location

China has conducted a pioneering high-speed communication experiment using lasers, rather than the usual radio signals, between satellites in its BeiDou navigation system and ground stations on Earth.
China-Europe trade remains robust as cargo trains breach 10,000-trip mark two months early

As of the end of August, China-Europe trains had made 10,030 journeys, up 32 percent year-on-year, according to a statement shared by the China State Railway Group Co (China Railway) on Thursday.
Hypersonic missiles travel at more than five times the speed of sound.
They are not as fast as intercontinental ballistic missiles, but they are so difficult to detect in flight that they may render some air defences useless.

China has denied testing hypersonic missiles, but Western experts believe that two rocket launches last summer indicate that its military is well on the way to acquiring them.…
China’s new energy is leading again. The world’s first thorium reactor will generate electricity. Why did the United States give up?
Nuclear energy, as a clean energy source, has encountered a “life-and-death” problem. Although countries are looking for new technological routes, China’s third-generation nuclear power is also leading the world, but it has always faced a problem: power generation due to nuclear reactions Uranium-235 is not enough!
The basic principle is to use “thorium 232” to reproduce “uranium 233” and “plutonium 239”, which has obvious advantages, not only can significantly alleviate the shortage of uranium 235, but is also very effective in reducing nuclear waste.…
China is one of the few countries in the world with an active nuclear reactor programme, but it has struggled to meet its construction targets after a moratorium on new projects and a long safety probe following Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011.
China has launched a new high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear plant in the eastern coastal province of Shandong, the first to make use of ‘pebble bed reactor’ (PBR) technology developed by state-run China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC).…
USTC researchers claim quantum breakthrough
This marks the first time any nation has achieved a supercomputer advantage using two different routes

it seems that the Asian nation has leap-frogged its American rival, thanks to the former’s supercomputer breakthrough.

Chinese scientists are claiming to have built the world’s fastest programmable quantum computers, which appear to crack problems that are currently not possible for ”classical” non-quantum computers.

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A few of your items are about China’s nuclear power program. Here are some recent developments from World Nuclear News.…
Unit 6 of the Fuqing nuclear power plant in China’s Fujian province - the second of two demonstration Hualong One (HPR1000) reactors at the site - has begun supplying electricity to the grid, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced. The first two Hualong One units - Fuqing unit 5 and unit 2 of Pakistan’s Karachi plant - entered commercial operation in 2021.

The Hualong One is China’s new indigenously designed and constructed standard pressurized water power plant. The Hualong One plants are in the 1000 to 1100 MW range, and incorporate some passive safety features similar to Westinghouse’s AP1000 standard plant (which China has also built and operates).…
The first safety-related concrete has been poured for the nuclear island of unit 2 at the San’ao nuclear power plant, China General Nuclear (CGN) has announced. It marks the official start of construction of the second of six Hualong One pressurised water reactors planned at the site in China’s Zhejiang province.

As mentioned in the original post, China’s HTR-PM pebble bed demonstration plant recently started producing electricity.…

One interesting potential about these reactors is the ability to scale them up, and then retrofit them into existing coal-fired power plants. Coal boilers usually operate at higher temperatures than existing light water nuclear plants, but the high temperature gas reactors could possibly meet that purpose, so retrofitting into an existing fossil plant would save money and reduce pollution. Pebble bed reactors are also extremely safe.

Since 2011, China has started up around 39 nuclear power plants. Most of these are in the 1000 MW range. They all might not be fully commissioned yet, but they are producing power.

You can sort the table in the following link by First Grid Connection.…

  • Pete

Since 2011, China has started up around 39 nuclear power plants. Most of these are in the 1000 MW range. They all might not be fully commissioned yet, but they are producing power.


As China slides into supply side econ in relative terms for them building nuclear plants will be too expensive. As it became in the late 1970s for the US.

The US will go back to building nuclear plants in the coming years.


The US will go back to building nuclear plants in the coming years.

SMRs are exciting, but a long way out. A carbon tax might accelerate that timeline a bit. But as we’ve seen, Congress is reluctant to face the coal lobby.

The conventional, large scale nuclear plants are dead in this country. I don’t think there is anything that can revive them at this point, even a carbon tax won’t be enough (might be enough to keep existing plants operating, however).


The US will go back to building nuclear plants in the coming years.

The red tape is so think that they will be obsolete before the ink dries on the preliminary sketches. LOL

The Captain