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Britain’s Nuclear Future Uncertain as Relations With China Fray

  • U.K. government mulling best way to finance new nuclear
  • China’s role in U.K. sector dates back to 2016 with CGN deal
EDF Halts Sizewell B-2 U.K. Nuclear Unit to Stop Lights Going Out
Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Britain’s fraying relationship with China has the potential to undo a decade of mixed efforts to keep nuclear power flowing as an aging generation of plants drop out of service.

Once the heart of the U.K.’s energy plans, nuclear has been sidelined by spiraling costs and cheaper renewables. It also finds itself at the center of a diplomatic row spanning trade and human rights that threatens to undermine how the sector is financed.