The long-awaited approval of a new power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset will deliver "mutual benefits" to both Britain and China, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has said.
A spokesman said China "welcomes the decision" to approve the project today which he said was in "the interests of all parties".
It comes after security concerns were raised over the involvement of the Chinese state-owned CGN energy company in the design and construction of the plant, which is being led by the French company EDF.
CGN is also set to design and build further nuclear plants at other UK sites, including Bradwell in Essex and Sizewell in Suffolk.
We hope that under the joint efforts of China, UK and France, Hinkley point and the subsequent nuclear projects in the package deal could be implemented soon, in order to reach mutual benefits and win-win results.
Why does the government want a new nuclear plant at Hinkley Point and why has it proved so controversial?
Government officialscan't provide any detail about how a national security test for future critical infrastructure deals will be applied.
The government approved new nuclear power plants back in 2006 but the plan for Hinkley was only given the go ahead 10 years later.