A white paper issued by the central government acknowledged that China’s nuclear emergency response system was inadequate and stated construction had been halted at two new nuclear reactors in Guangdong province due to safety concerns, South China Morning Post reported. The white paper on nuclear emergency response capabilities noted that the national system “still has certain inadequacies in terms of technology, equipment, human resources, capacity and standards.” French nuclear safety authorities reported last year that a possible manufacturing defect at one plant under construction in Taishan, Guangdong could lead to unexpected spreading of cracks on the reactor vessel where nuclear chain reactions occur.
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