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UK Averse to ‘Undue’ Chinese Influence in Critical Infrastructure: Johnson

Britain does not want to see “undue influence” from potentially adversarial countries in its critical national infrastructure, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday when quizzed about Chinese investment in British nuclear power stations. At Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Johnson was asked about the proposed nuclear power station at Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex, put forward by China’s state-owned and state-operated nuclear company, the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN). Labour MP Matthew Pennycook said, “The government’s Integrated Review has concluded that the Chinese state poses a systemic challenge to our national security, and the prime minister has made it clear that when it comes to China, we must remain vigilant about our critical national infrastructure.” Pennycook asked Johnson if he could confirm that plans for CGN to own and operate its own plant at Bradwell have been abandoned. Johnson did not give a direct answer to the …

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