Chancellor George Osborne announced last week that Chinese firms would be allowed to invest in civil nuclear projects in the UK - even potentially taking a majority stake.
The two reactors proposed for Hinkley are a key part of the coalition's drive to shift the UK away from fossil fuels towards low-carbon power.
Energy policy has shot up the agenda since the party conference season, when Labour leader Ed Miliband pledged to freeze retail prices for 20 months.
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