Liu Xiaoming was speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show the day before the start of President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the UK.
He said the expected deal to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point was “in the best interests of Britain and also in the interest of partnership between China and UK”.
“UK people want to have a better life, want to have clean energy,” he said.
President Xi told the Reuters news agency: “The UK has stated that it will be the Western country that is most open to China. This is a visionary and strategic choice that fully meets Britain’s own long-term interest.”
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