BEIJING, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- China on Monday urged Britain to decide "as soon as possible" to proceed with the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant after the new British government said it would delay the final decision.
"I'd like to stress that the project was agreed on by China, Britain and France in the spirit of reciprocity and win-win cooperation," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a press release, adding that the project had always been strongly backed by the British and French sides.
According to an agreement reached last October, the Chinese consortium led by China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN) would hold a 33.5 percent stake in the project, and Electricite de France, or EDF, a 66.5 percent.
A deal was supposed to be inked by the British government, EDF and China General Nuclear Power Corp. on July 29.
The British government, however, said recently it wanted to give the project further consideration.
"[We] hope that the British side will make a decision as soon as possible to ensure the project's smooth implementation," Hua said.
LONDON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- A spokeswoman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday that Britain will continue to seek a stronger relationship with China, Reuters reported.
The statement came following British new cabinet's decision last week to delay the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant program, which has raised concerns about its openness towards foreign investment. Full story