Xue Long 1, a Ukraine-made icebreaker bought in 1994. Photo: Handout

How China could move closer to nuclear-powered aircraft carriers – with Russia’s help

The first Chinese-made icebreaker could test ship-borne nuclear reactors using Russian equipment and Arctic shipping routes

Topic |   China military

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Xue Long 1, a Ukraine-made icebreaker bought in 1994. Photo: Handout
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.