China warns over Hinkley Point

China warns over Hinkley Point

UK and China’s relationship could be threatened if Hinkley Point doesn’t go ahead.

That’s the warning from the Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming, who told the Financial Times ties between the two countries are at a “crucial historical juncture”.

Mr Liu’s comments follow the government’s announcement to delay its final decision on the nuclear project until early autumn.

China agreed to invest around a third of the costs of the £18 billion project.

Mr Liu said he hopes “the British government will continue to support Hinkley Point — and come to a decision as soon as possible so that the project can proceed smoothly”.

He added: “If Britain’s openness is a condition for bilateral co-operation, then mutual trust is the very foundation on which this is built.

“Right now, the China-UK relationship is at a crucial historical juncture. Mutual trust should be treasured even more.”