US blacklists Chinese nuclear company over theft of military tech. The US has put a major state-owned Chinese nuclear power company, a partner for the UK’s power generation programme, on its export blacklist, over accusations of stealing US technology for military use. China General Nuclear Power Group, or CGN, and three of its subsidiaries were placed on the commerce department’s “entity list”, according to an announcement on the US Federal Register. The placement effectively bans US companies from supplying the Chinese group without obtaining licences, which are rarely granted. The Trump administration has heightened efforts to block the export of US technologies to Chinese companies on national security grounds, angering Beijing that has decried the measures and accused Washington of unfair practices. In August 2017, an engineer from the company was found guilty of helping to enlist US nuclear power experts to aid the development of special nuclear material, including some technologies with military applications, for CGN. The US move to expand export curbs threatens to heighten pressure from the Trump administration on the UK over its relationships with Chinese companies, including Huawei and CGN, that the Trump administration deems as posing a security risk. In October, an assistant US secretary of state explicitly warned the UK against partnering with CGN, saying that Washington had evidence that the business was converting civilian technology to military uses. The UK government has struggled to find a way to cut CGN and other Chinese companies out of its nuclear programme on security grounds. The company has invested at least £2.7bn in Hinkley Point, the design assessment for the Bradwell reactor and wind farms that produce a total of 340 megawatts. CGN told Chinese state media that an initial analysis of the decision suggested that any impact on its development would be limited. The company did not respond to a request for further comment.
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The U.S. added four Chinese nuclear entities to a trade blacklist, accusing them of helping to acquire advanced U.S. technology for military use in China. China General Nuclear Power Group and its subsidiaries China General Nuclear Power Corp., or CGNPC, China Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute Co., and Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute Co. were added to the so-called Entity List, according to a Federal Register notice published Wednesday. China General Nuclear is also a key partner in the U.K., working with France’s Electricite de France SA to build the nearly 20 billion pound ($24 billion) Hinkley Point C project. In 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a final decision on the development amid speculation that it would give Beijing access to the nation’s power system.
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The U.S. Government blacklisted four Chinese nuclear power companies, accusing them of helping to acquire advanced U.S. technology for Chinese military. The Bureau of Industry and Security under the Department of Commerce added China General Nuclear Power Group and its subsidiaries China General Nuclear Power Corp., or CGNPC, China Nuclear Power Technology Research Institute Co., and Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute Co. to the Entity List. The Chinese companies are alleged to be engaging in or enabling efforts to acquire advanced U.S. nuclear technology and material for diversion to military uses in China.
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A U.S. decision to stop China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) and its subsidiaries from dealing with U.S. companies was a misuse of export control measures and would harm both U.S. and Chinese firms, China’s foreign ministry said. Washington this week said CGN was involved in activities contrary to the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and would be added to an “Entity List” of firms banned from doing business with U.S. enterprises. “China resolutely opposes the U.S. side harming the interests of China and the world through unilateralist and protectionist policies,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in a statement issued late on Thursday. CGN is one of China’s major state-owned reactor builders. The other firms added to the list on Wednesday include the Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute Co. Ltd, a CGN subsidiary that got the go-ahead to build a nuclear reactor project in Guangdong province earlier this year. An editorial in the state-run China Daily linked the ban to the trade row between the world’s two largest economies and said the U.S. administration had abused the blacklist.
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