Letter from David Lowry to The Times: Your important revelation follows Johnson’s assertion to MPs on Wednesday that he is pursuing “measures to protect our technological base.” The initiative, “Project Defend,” is aimed at creating a new national resilience framework, which, The Times reports, will address the current over-reliance on China for “medical and other strategic imports.” One such strategic import is civil nuclear technology, on which UK is 100 per cent reliant on foreign suppliers for the critical core reactor infrastructure, with the Hinkley C nuclear plant under construction by French state generator, Electricite de France ( EdF) using French technology, supported by French and Chinese capital investment. The next new nuclear plant in line for construction, at Sizewell C in Suffolk, will have 20per cent of its costs paid for by Chinese state company China General Nuclear. The third new plant, at Bradwell in Essex, is planned to entirely built using 100 per cent Chinese/ French designed technology, mostly imported, and backed by 62 per cent Chinese funding. It would also be operated by a primarily Chinese technical team. Only smaller parts for these new plants will be sourced from the UK supply chain.
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