CHINA’S role in Britain’s Hinkley Point C nuclear facility should be urgently reviewed amid claims its involvement in the plant is much deeper than previously thought, according to MPs. Former Tory leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith claims ministers were misled when they gave the green light for Beijing-controlled China General Nuclear (CGN) to become a stakeholder in the £22.5billion reactor. Sir Iain said Theresa May’s government was assured the energy firm would only be a financial partner when it took a 33.5 percent stake in the Somerset plant with French energy giant EDF in 2016. But insiders claim CGN role goes beyond financial support, with EDF heavily reliant on Chinese technical expertise.
Express 26th July 2020 read more »
EDF denies increasing role of China’s CGN at Hinkley nuclear plant. It dismissed the claims made in the Sunday Telegraph story, which alleges the Chinese state energy company is ‘more closely involved’ in the project than what was previously disclosed.
Energy Live News 27th July 2020 read more »
Another senior Tory MP has called for an inquiry over Chinese involvement in Britain’s nuclear power stations amid rising concerns over the Hinkley Point C mega-project. Neil O’Brien said that urgent questions must be answered following conflicting reports about work by state-owned contractor China General Nuclear (CGN) on the £22.5bn scheme. The firm’s role was originally thought to be limited to financial investment, but there are questions over its actions following an investigation by the Sunday Telegraph. Mr O’Brien said that US regulators were already taking aim at CGN and another business, China National Nuclear Corporation, after its department of defence accused them of having ties to Beijing’s military forces. He said: “Both CGN and China National Nuclear Corporation have a kind of regulatory sword of Damocles hanging over their heads.
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Chinese cyberagents are suspected of being behind a campaign against a senior Conservative MP involving hacking attempts and online impersonations. Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons foreign affairs select committee, said last night that he had been subjected to concerted efforts to access his email account and discredit him professionally and personally. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a division of GCHQ, the government listening post, was called in to examine attacks on his communications and attempts to impersonate him online. Google’s security team also investigated the origins of “spoof” email accounts set up to mimic him and found that the ultimate users were based in China.
Times 28th July 2020 read more »