Britain must avoid becoming dependent on new technology from China as Beijing has demonstrated during the coronavirus outbreak that the country “isn’t going to play by our rules”, Lord Hague of Richmond has warned. The former foreign secretary highlighted how the UK had been “caught out” in the telecoms sector, where a lack of alternative suppliers had forced ministers to allow the Chinese company Huawei to install Britain’s 5G mobile infrastructure. Critics accuse Huawei of posing a security risk, alleging that it could facilitate espionage or sabotage by the Chinese state via 5G networks. The company denies the claims. Advocating a new “hard-headed” approach to China in the West, Lord Hague, who served as foreign secretary between 2010 and 2014, urged the government to examine China’s growing dominance over other emerging technologies.
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The coronavirus outbreak will have no impact on the progress of nuclear power plant construction in China in the short term, and reactors already in operation have not been affected, a nuclear safety official said on Wednesday. All 15 unfinished reactor units had resumed construction and no plants now in operation were suspended during the outbreak, Tang Bo, director of the nuclear safety inspection department at the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE), told reporters. China originally aimed to bring total nuclear capacity up to 58 gigawatts (GW) by the end of this year, and have another 30 GW under construction, but it is not expected to meet the targets due to prior project delays and a halt in new approvals.
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