doubts hang over Hinkley Point C after espionage claims
doubts are hanging over the £18bn project to build Hinkley
Point C near Burnham-On-Sea this week after damning allegations
that Chinese firms are involved in espionage.
it emerged that Britains Chinese partner in the project, China
General Nuclear Power (CGN), has been accused in the US of trying
to steal nuclear research secrets.
Australia announced that it was blocking bidders from China and
Hong Kong from taking a controlling stake in its largest electricity
network due to national security concerns.
revelations increased fears for the future of the £18billion
Hinkley Point scheme and new calls were made for Theresa May to
scrap the deal.
Prime Minister has already delayed a decision on the project. According
to reports, CGN is accused of planning to steal nuclear secrets
to bypass research hurdles in a plot the US claims threatened its
documents show that Szuhsiung Ho, a Chinese-born US citizen also
known as Allen Ho, 66, is alleged to have recruited six US-based
experts to help China develop its technology.
Hinkley deal came under fierce scrutiny when Mrs May paused the
decision hours after the board of EDF, the French state-owned firm
overseeing the project, gave it the go ahead last month.
Party leader Natalie Bennett said Mrs May should cancel the Hinkley
project, adding: "These revelations are deeply worrying and
add one more concern to the deep fog of uncertainty surrounding
this utterly flawed project."
Scott Cato, a Green Party MEP, said: "These latest revelations
must be the final nail in the coffin for Hinkley."
Paul Dorfman, a senior research fellow at University College London,
said Mrs May had nothing to lose if she pulled out of the deal.
No other [highly developed] country would let China into its critical
nuclear infrastructure, given its history of nuclear weapon proliferation."
has already taken the diplomatic 'hit' for this, so whats
she got to lose?