Richard Graham MP and the All Party Parliamentary China Group have welcomed the government’s support for the Hinkley Point C power plant to be jointly developed by EDF and the China General Nuclear Power (CGN)-led Chinese consortium.
Chairman of the All Party Group Richard Graham said, “I think it’s absolutely right that the government has decided to go ahead with this project. Hinkley Point C is a key investment in UK infrastructure and energy capacity providing 7% of Britain’s electricity that helps secure our future energy needs. And as the first nuclear power plant here for over 20 years it will grow our skills and ability to lead in carbon free and domestically sourced nuclear energy. It is also quite right that the government has regulations in place about the security of such vital infrastructure.”
Under an agreement between the Chinese consortium and EDF Energy, the CGN-led Chinese consortium holds a one-third stake in the project. Richard Graham added “whilst there will be no Chinese involvement in the day to day operations of the nuclear plant, this investment will give Chinese nuclear companies valuable experience of UK corporate governance and how nuclear energy is regulated in the West. This is good for them, for us and for the future safety of nuclear energy in the world.”
On February 1st, the APPCG held our 2016 annual APPCG Chinese New Year reception in the House of Commons, hosted by Chair of the APPCG, Richard Graham MP.
This year we were delighted to welcome our Guests of Honour, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP, alongside H.E. Chinese Ambassador to the UK Liu Xiaoming.
Guests included many businesses working or hoping to work in China, alongside representatives from the Chinese Embassy, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, the Foreign Office, UKTI, and MPs and Peers from all parties.
The Secretary of State and the Chinese Ambassador spoke warmly of the increasing strength in links between UK and China, and the fantastic year which we have seen in UK-China relations, culminating in the State Visit from President Xi Jinping last October. Guests also heard from VisitBritain’s CEO Sally Balcombe and CBBC Chairman Lord Sassoon on the great strides they have been making in further opening UK exports and tourism to China.
A selection of photos from the event can be viewed below, and for any enquiries please contact us.
Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and Chair of the APPCG, released the followed statement on the disappearance of Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo:
“News that British passport holder and Hong Kong resident Lee Bo is reported missing last week, following the recent disappearance of four other employees of Mighty Current publishing house in Hong Kong, is of real concern.
I hope that the Hong Kong and mainland authorities will co-operate with our Consulate General to find Mr Lee and ensure the safety of British citizens in Hong Kong.
I support the Foreign Secretary’s call for any charges against British residents in Hong Kong to be heard in Hong Kong.
I will raise this at lunch with Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming on Monday.
An APPCG delegation to Hong Kong at the end of January will also raise both Mr Lee’s case and the wider issues of treatment of residents, freedom of press and the rule of law during their visit.
Meanwhile I hope Mr Lee returns home safely soon.”
Richard Graham MP
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary China Group
This is a cross-post from October’s issue of “China Report”, in which Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and APPCG Chair, was interviewed by the Editor.
Richard Graham, the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary China Group in the United Kingdom, talks to our reporter in his constituency of Gloucester.
ChinaReport: How do you think Xi Jinping’s state visit will impact the Sino-British relationship?
Richard Graham: I think it’s a very important visit, both for President Xi Jinping and for the United Kingdom. I’m personally very much looking forward to welcoming him to Parliament, and to being there with him at the state banquet at Buckingham Palace. I think the big picture is we do now have a strategic partnership with China. This is particularly important at a time when China is exporting capital and growing its global footprint. And the very open nature of the British economy means there are opportunities for China to invest in sectors here which would be difficult perhaps for her to do elsewhere in the West. We need China’s investment, particularly in our infrastructure and energy sectors, and so I really welcome this visit, which I’m sure will see some important agreements signed while Xi Jinping is here in the UK.
The proposal for the new Five-Year Plan (2016-2020) has been approved by the Central Committee of the Communist Party at the Plenum held on 26–29 Oct. The Plan has been focused on realizing the objective of ‘comprehensively constructing a moderately prosperous society by the year 2020’. Innovation is put in a central position in national development. ‘…let innovation penetrate into all Party and state work, and let innovation become common practice in all of society.’ stated the Communiqué of the Plenum. China will also persist in ‘green development’ by reducing resource use and protecting the environment. All environmental protection agencies under provincial levels will conduct vertical management for air, water and soil protection. To achieve national development goals, the Central Committee has pledged to put forward the anti-corruption drive, establish systems and mechanisms so people don’t dare to be corrupt, cannot be corrupt and don’t want to be corrupt.
This is a cross-post from the website of Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and APPCG Chair, and was also distributed in the Tuesday 20 October 2015 Times Red Box.
As part of the government’s new strategic partnership with China, this week Xi Jinping becomes the first Chinese President to address parliamentarians in the House of Lords. There will be many keen to criticise a relationship where the two countries have such different values. But success with China often comes against the odds.
A major military parade was held in Beijing on 3 Sep to mark the end of World War II. More than 30 foreign government officials and heads of state including Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye attended the event. Around 12,000 troops and 200 aircraft, as well as tanks and missiles, were on display in Tiananmen Square. President Xi Jinping announced that the army would be cut by 300,000 personnel, a move expected to be finalised by 2017.
This is a cross-post from the website of Richard Graham, MP for Gloucester and APPCG Chair.
I’ve just come back leading a delegation of Conservative and Labour MPs to three cities in China as Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary China Group. Meanwhile Chancellor George Osborne led a team of ministers there at the same time. What’s it all about and why are we spending so much effort on China?
The British Embassy in Beijing publishes a monthly newsletter to inform UK stakeholders of recent developments in the Chinese intellectual property environment. The content is collected from publicly available sources, where information is often available in Chinese only.
A huge explosion rocked the city of Tianjin in northwest China (about 126 km from Beijing) on 12 August. It occurred in a warehouse which reportedly stored 3000 tonnes of toxic chemicals. The blasts killed at least 159 people and injured hundreds more, leaving the port area of the city in ruins. So far 12 people suspected of being involved in the explosions have been detained. Premier Li Keqiang made a visit to the scene of the explosions on 16th August. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate announced on the same day that it had begun to investigate whether any dereliction of duty was the cause for the explosions. The head of China’s work safety watchdog was later sacked for suspected “serious breaches of law and discipline”.