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Is China’s Role in Hinkley Point Really a Security Threat?

  • Adviser to U.K. PM wrote of risk China could shut down plant
  • China wants to design, build its own reactor after Hinkley

All it took was an unexpected delay and a rediscovered blog by the Prime Minister’s new chief of staff, and suddenly the debate about the U.K.’s first nuclear power station in a generation shifted from the project’s price tag to the risk of Chinese cyber-sabotage.

After the U.K.’s last government welcomed China’s investment in everything from wind farms to oil fields, it touched a nerve when Nick Timothy, a long-time adviser of Prime Minister Theresa May, warned last year that involvement by the Asian giant in nuclear projects could allow them to “shut down Britain’s energy production at will.”