Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, has called for Theresa May’s new government to give the green light for the construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Writing in the Financial Times newspaper, he said: “Right now, the China-UK relationship is at a crucial historical juncture.
“Mutual trust should be treasured even more.

“I hope the UK will keep its door open to China and that 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.”

Support from Labour

Jon Trickett, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, said: “I am deeply concerned whether the Prime Minister has the diplomatic skills that are needed to renegotiate Britain's trade relations with the rest of the world.

“Any loss of Chinese investment matters all the more because of this government’s continued failure to develop a modern industrial strategy and provide the infrastructure and other investment needed to deliver it.”

Former Labour Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “The government has to consider China’s motivation for wanting to finance projects like this and, in my view and I guess in their view too, they judge that it would be commercial global suicide for China if they were to invest on the one hand and then try to mess around with other countries security on the next.”

> Read Liu Xiaoming's article in the Financial Times