Exhibition shows nuclear achievements
An exhibition reflecting the evolution of Chinese nuclear industry in the past five decades raised its curtains on Friday in the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution.
The exhibition, for the first time, displayed comprehensive and systematic information, historical pictures and models about the remarkable accomplishments in the history of Chinese nuclear development.
It vividly reviews the development and research of nuclear weapons, the production of nuclear materials, the development of nuclear electricity, nuclear safety administration, application of nuclear technologies, and international nuclear co-operation programmes.
Since the 1980s, the national defence technology industry has shifted the priority of nuclear development to civil use, said Zhang Zhuzuo, vice-director of the Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence and director of the China Atomic Energy Authority
He said that some key areas of China's nuclear industry ranked first in the world.
Zhang made his speech at the opening ceremony of the exhibition on Friday.
He emphasized the significant social advancement and economic growth promoted by the establishment of a series of nuclear power plants and projects, such as those in Qinshan and Dayanwan.
The exhibition, which will last six days, lured hundreds of people, old and young, to the museum on its first day.
In the hall were several groups of students whispering in front of exhibition boards.
"I was really shocked and moved after I had learnt how those scientists devoted themselves to the cause of nuclear development regardless of any obstacles," said Huang Zhaoting, a Beijing college student.