Donald Trump’s government has warned Hitachi against selling a nuclear power project to China as tensions between Washington and Beijing escalate. Officials from the US State Department are understood to have heaped pressure on the Japanese industrial giant as it weighs options for the Horizon nuclear project on Anglesey, north Wales. Hitachi last year put Horizon on hold and wrote off £2bn after repeated delays by Westminster in signing off a support package. Hitachi’s board is set to make a decision in September on what to do with the £16bn project, which it hopes will power about five million homes. In the absence of support from ministers for new nuclear power stations, it may sell. China General Nuclear (CGN) is keen to buy the site as part of plans to build a fleet of nuclear reactors in the UK. It is bankrolling a third of the Hinkley Point C power station project in Somerset alongside France’s EDF; co-funding another at Sizewell in Suffolk; and wants to install its Chinese-built HPR1000 nuclear reactors on the Essex coast at Bradwell. The communist state’s nuclear power ambitions in the UK have become a battleground in the trade war between America and China, alongside the technology giant Huawei’s role in Britain’s 5G network. Last week the Pentagon published a list of 20 Chinese companies with links to the military, which included CGN and Huawei.
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