China has now become the latest country to halt plans of proceeding with nuclear plants. It has already suspended approval for new nuclear power stations and that apart it has also decided to carry out checks at existing reactors and also at hose under construction.
China has nearly two dozen nuclear reactors and is working on building 27 more.
Following a meeting chaired by Premier Wen Jiabao, China's state council said in a statement, "We will temporarily suspend approval for nuclear power projects, including those that have already begun preliminary work, before nuclear safety regulations are approved...Safety is our top priority in developing nuclear power plants."
China has now joined Germany, which suspended works at its world reactor and has ordered a review of the other existent ones. India too has ordered a review of its Jaitapur nuclear plant.