Britain continues to exclude Chinese companies from infrastructure projects

Projects potentially at risk include the £20 billion ($27.5 billion) Sizewell C nuclear power plant in Suffolk, and the development of the proposed Bradwell-on-Sea project in Essex, according to a person familiar with the matter. He spoke on condition of anonymity to Bloomberg.


CGN is also a 33% investor in the Hinkley Point C facility, which is currently under construction in Somerset and is one of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK.


The move also confirms how the administration of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is toughening its stance on Beijing, as Johnson banned Huawei Technologies from participating in the launch of the 5G wireless network in Britain, and earlier this month, the British National Security Adviser opened an investigation The Chinese government-owned company, Nexperia NV, has acquired the country's largest chip factory.


A spokesperson for the UK's Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said, all nuclear projects in the UK are undertaken under strict and independent regulations to meet the country's stringent legal, regulatory and national security requirements, ensuring our interests are protected. Nuclear power has an important role to play in the future of low-carbon energy in the UK, as we work towards our globally leading goal of eliminating our contribution to climate change by 2050.


Members of Johnson's Conservative Party have repeatedly expressed concern about China's increasing involvement in critical aspects of the UK's infrastructure, and in its major educational institutions such as Cambridge University.


Former party leader Ian Duncan Smith told the Financial Times that Britain should use its new post-Brexit status to put human rights at the center of any trade deals.

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