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Sat Aug 27, 2016, 01:53 PM

US accuses China General Nuclear Power Corp of pushing American experts for nuclear secrets

US accuses China General Nuclear Power Corp of pushing American experts for nuclear secrets
Chinese firm under indictment in the US for conspiring to steal nuclear technology; company rejects accusations

A state-owned Chinese power company under indictment in the US pressed American nuclear consultants for years to hand over secret technologies and documents they weren’t supposed to disclose -- and in some cases it got them, several of the consultants have told the FBI.

Summaries of the consultants’ interviews with agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were filed this month in a federal court where the company, China General Nuclear Power Corp. (CGN), has been charged with conspiring to steal nuclear technology.

The FBI documents surfaced shortly after the same company became a focus of concerns across the Atlantic: The UK last month delayed approval of the country’s biggest nuclear power station in a generation as questions swirled about whether China General Nuclear’s investment in the plant poses a security risk.

The filings provide a window into the tactics of CGN, China’s biggest nuclear power operator. One of the consultants said CGN employees asked for off-limits operational manuals to nuclear equipment and software, according to the interview summaries.

Another said he was asked to provide proprietary temperature settings for material used to contain nuclear fuel...


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