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Chinese officials are set to meet with European, Japanese, Russian and Canadian negotiators in Tokyo to discuss possible involvement in ITER — formerly the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor — which many believe is the next step in developing fusion power.

At the meeting, which will take place later this month, ITER's member states will provide China with information about the project and will informally discuss China's participation in negotiations.

China has a small but growing fusion programme and officials, including the country's president Jiang Zemin, have recently shown increasing interest in the field.

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Reference: Nature 419, 545 (2002)

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