China has announced it has resumed construction of its new nuclear power plants after putting them on hold in light of the Japanese Fukushima nuclear crisis in 2011. It is reported that only a small number of plants would be launched by 2015, and none will be based at inland locations.
A cabinet white paper on China's energy policy warned that China's growing dependence on energy imports "may pose a threat to the nation's energy security". The government says it hopes to generate 30% of energy from renewable sources and nuclear by 2015 to help reduce reliance on imported oil and coal. Imports accounted for 33% of total oil consumption in the early 2000s and have risen to nearly 60% today and this is seen as a major risk to future economic growth.