The chancellor welcomed progress over the building of a controversial Chinese nuclear reactor in the UK yesterday as he hailed a “golden era” in UK-Sino relations. In talks between Philip Hammond and Ma Kai, the Chinese vice-premier, in London yesterday, the chancellor signalled that an assessment of plans for the power plant at Bradwell on Sea in Essex would go ahead. The reactor would be built by the Chinese state’s General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) in partnership with the French utility company EDF, using China’s reactor technology. A document issued by the government after the meeting said that “both sides welcomed the proposals” for the reactor at Bradwell. The apparent show of support stands in contrast to No 10’s position in the summer, when the government considered whether it would be possible to approve the Hinkley nuclear reactor in Somerset without all owing EDF and CGN to build the further plant at Bradwell on Sea.
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