Donald Trump is understood to have intervened in discussions about the next generation of nuclear power on Anglesey. According to reports, the US president’s administration has warned Hitachi, the company behind the site, not to sell it on to the Chinese government. The intervention is a sign of escalating tensions between the Americans and the Chinese, according to the Times. It reports today that the White House is heaping pressure on Hitachi – which is a Japanese-owned company – not to sell on its interest into the site to Beijing.
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Hitachi has said it has no plans to sell a Welsh nuclear power site to a Chinese corporation after comments by Donald Trump. The US president was quoted by the Sunday Times warning it not to sell Wylfa, on Anglesey, “to China”. Work on the £13bn project was put on hold last year because of rising costs after Hitachi failed to reach a funding agreement with the UK government. A Horizon Energy spokesman said: “We don’t comment on speculation. “Our focus remains on securing the conditions necessary to restart this crucial project, which would bring transformative economic benefits to the region and play a huge role in helping deliver the UK’s climate change commitments.” Horizon is owned by Hitachi and was set to lead the project to build the site. “We are not aware of any plans to sell the project to China,” Hitachi told the Reuters news agency.
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