A researcher involved in the project said the nuclear facility being built in Gansu might one day help China to develop a thorium-powered warship. Photo: Reuters

China hopes cold war nuclear energy tech will power warships, drones

Beijing pumping billions into the development of ‘molten salt’ reactors, amid revived interest among nations in the potentially safer and more powerful technology

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A researcher involved in the project said the nuclear facility being built in Gansu might one day help China to develop a thorium-powered warship. Photo: Reuters
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Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen

Stephen Chen investigates major research projects in China, a new power house of scientific and technological innovation. He has worked for the Post since 2006. He is an alumnus of Shantou University, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Semester at Sea programme which he attended with a full scholarship from the Seawise Foundation.