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The World : Peking to Buy 4 Reactors

Chinese officials traveling with Premier Zhao Ziyang signed a letter of intent in Bonn to buy four atomic reactors. They said they want China to offset the cost by accepting radioactive spent fuel from West Germany. The letter calls for the Siemens concern’s Kraftwerk Union to manufacture four 1,000-megawatt pressurized-water reactors to be designed by a joint German-Chinese engineering team. Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s political opposition has assailed proposals to send spent reactor fuel to China because that country has not signed the international treaty limiting the spread of nuclear weapons.


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