China Drives Nuclear Expansion in Argentina, but with Strings Attached

The first of Argentina’s three existing nuclear plants, Atucha I, is located 100 km from Buenos Aires. China has offered to finance 85 percent of the 14 billion dollar cost of two other plants. Credit: CNEA
Q24N (IPS) – Two new nuclear power plants, to cost US$14 billion dollars, will give a new impetus to Argentina’s relation with atomic energy, which began over 60 years ago. President Mauricio Macri made the announcement from China, the country that is to finance 85 per cent of the works.
But besides the fact that social movements quickly started to organise against the plants, the project appears to face a major hurdle.
The Chinese government has set a condition: it threatens to pull out of the plans for the nuclear plants and

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