LONDON – The latest news of the first full day of Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to Britain. All times local:
China's president Xi Jinping is expected to confirm a deal that will lead to China covering 30 percent of the cost of construction of a nuclear power plant in southwest England.
The plant in Somerset — set to be completed by 2025 — will be built by French energy firm EDF, in conjunction with a consortium led by Chinese state-owned nuclear company CGN.
EDF sought outside investors after being unable to cover the cost of the deal alone. Britain's government is also offering a guarantee.
The deal has faced criticism by rights activists who suggest that Prime Minister David Cameron has been courting the Chinese for trade deals while ignoring their human rights record.