China pledges support to build HS2

Chinese premier Li Keqiang said today that China could step in to help fund and even build the controversial HS2 rail link between London and the North.

Speaking during David Cameron’s trade delegation tour of China, Li’s generous remarks apparently caught ministers by surprise, with officials in London saying that no such deal had been formally discussed.

However, last week, David Cameron said that he would welcome any Chinese involvement with the rail project. Speaking at a Chinese exhibition at the V&A, Cameron said: “I’m very interested in what’s happening in terms of high-speed rail in China.

“It seems to be an absolute high-speed revolution taking place. In terms of HS2, I very much welcome Chinese investment into British infrastructure.”

But extensive Chinese investment in British infrastructure projects could prove to be divisive as the country’s investment portfolio has developed rapidly and includes nuclear power projects.

Speaking today in the Great Hall of the People, Li said: “The two sides have agreed to push for breakthroughs and progress in the co-operation between our enterprises on nuclear power and high-speed rail.

“The Chinese side is willing to not only participate in but also purchase equities and stocks in UK power projects.”

“We have become indispensable partners for each other’s development. China and the UK must treat each other as equals.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • "We must treat each other as equals" says the Chinese Premier. And no doubt they will be more equal than us, who will have sold yet more of the family silver.
    Has Cameron no pride ?. Are we so hopeless and servile that we must go cap in hand to other people simply to build railway lines or power stations. OK so we are bust and deeply in debt so perhaps it's all over in any case. As the headmistress of Roedean School said " when rape is inevitable lie back and think of England".

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  • Why done we sell of the hole of the country to the chinees as well as this govement, we are payeing through the nose for power why not for our transport.
    We do not own any thing, so why is every body conserned we will be ask to move out of our houses if the chiniees get their way. We are a third world country and will be treated as such if we continue on this track.

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