Ex China nuclear power boss given life sentence

Chinese state media say the former head of the country's nuclear power program has been sentenced to life in prison for corruption.

The official Xinhua News Agency says a Beijing court convicted Kang Rixin on Friday on charges of taking bribes and abusing his position to enrich others. Kang was fired last year from his job as general manager of China National Nuclear Corp., the biggest owner of nuclear power plants in China.

No other details were given.

Nuclear power is expanding rapidly in China as the country seeks to meet rising demand for power and replace heavily polluting coal power plants. Thirteen reactors are now in operation and 25 others are under construction, with many more planned.