Beijing has lifted the moratorium on new nuclear power plants that it had imposed in order to reduce safety in the wake of Fukushima last year.

The Chinese government’s move is part of a plan to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.

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The news comes a day after the government announced that it hoped to generate 30 per cent of China’s power from solar, wind and other renewable sources, as well as from nuclear energy, by the end of 2015.

That’s up from an earlier target of 15 percent from renewables plus 5 percent from nuclear by 2020.

The Cabinet on Wednesday passed plans on nuclear power safety and development that said construction of nuclear power plants would resume “steadily.”

Only a small number of plants will be built, and only in coastal areas, according to a Cabinet announcement. The plants will meet the most stringent safety standards, it said.

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