China may scale back its nuclear power targets by 10 per cent in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Li Youngjiang, vice president of the China Nuclear Energy Association, said the government wanted to “address public concerns over the safety of nuclear development”.

He said a development plan for the future of nuclear in China was due to be published later this year and was likely to include a fall in projected capacity of up to 70 GW “as some planned projects have to be scaled back or cancelled”.

China has 14 nuclear reactors in operation and another 25 under construction. The World Nuclear Association predicts China will have a nuclear capacity of 60 GW by 2020, 200 GW by 2030 and 400 GW by 2050.