Britain's May hopes to assure Chinese over nuclear plant

by Edgar Hayes September 4, 2016, 0:08

On trade and investment, the ambassador said that China and Britain can work together to push the summit to approve the Strategy for Global Trade Growth and the guiding principles for global investment policies.

Mrs May will hold talks with Mr Xi on Monday, after the end of the two-day G20 summit of leaders of the world's richest nations.

Speaking at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull, the PM said: "I'm very clear that we are going to be working to get the best deal for Britain when we come out of the EU".

"But I'll also be talking to other world leaders about how we can develop free trade around the globe and how Britain wants to seize those opportunities".

"And the message of Jaguar Land Rover is of British success, British manufacturing success, British exporting success, and that's the message we'll be taking to the G20, that Britain is open for business and we're open for business around the world".

May, who will visit China for the first time as PM later this week for the G20 summit, has angered Beijing with her decision to delay construction of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant.

Ms May will make her major worldwide summit debut on Sunday after Britain's shock vote in June to leave the European Union ousted her predecessor David Cameron and thrust her into control of the world's fifth-largest economy.

In a signed article published by the Daily Telegraph, Liu said that China and Britain can enhance cooperation in a number of fields, from infrastructure investment and global financial framework, to cooperation on taxation, anti-corruption and anti-microbial resistance.

But the new British prime minister faces a row with her hosts over the Hinkley Point nuclear power station and is not expected to use the meeting to make an announcement on the project, which is backed by Beijing's state-owned nuclear firm. "Progress in China-UK bilateral ties is always powered by mutual understanding, support and friendship between our two peoples".

Mrs May was joined by Chancellor Philip Hammond in the West Midlands, where they were also visiting new research and innovation facilities at Warwick University.

Mrs May is determined the United Kingdom will have a "smooth and orderly departure from the European Union and stronger trading relations in the future". "We shall not give it up".

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