There are fears that Beijing could threaten the UK’s national security through new commercial deals, which has led to British spies being briefed to monitor and analyse computer systems and cybersecurity measures at nuclear sites in the UK that were built be Chinese firms.
With the arrival of Xi Jinping in London tonight, GCHQ has confirmed it will be working on protecting Britain’s energy network from cyberattacks. David Cameron has hailed the start of a “Golden Era” of Sino-British cooperation and enterprise ahead of the premier’s visit – however some commentators sense announcements such as GCHQ’s will strain relations at the formative stage.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Sean O’ Neill and Robin Pagnamenta, The Times