In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, Liz Truss spoke about how Beijing should not play a part in nuclear plants or 5G networks in the UK. She said: “The way I would put it is that, of course, we trade with China.
“It’s an important trading partner of the UK.”
“But it’s important that we don’t become strategically dependent.”
Liz Truss suggested Beijing-controlled companies should be excluded from contracts to build Sizewell C, as she believes work on such sensitive projects should be conducted with countries which share a “bond of trust” with the UK.
Ms Truss appeared to be cautious when asked if she did not want to see Chinese state-owned companies involved in UK nuclear power plants in the future.
Her remarks make her one of the more China sceptics in the cabinet.
She named 5G technology, quantum technology and artificial intelligence as areas that involvement with Chinese companies should be treated cautiously.
She said: “I’d go back to the broader comments I’ve made about diversifying supply.”
“I think it’s very important that we don’t become strategically dependent and I think it’s important that we make sure that we’re working, particularly in areas of critical national infrastructure, with reliable partners.”
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Ms Truss’s comments come just days after Boris Johnson denied bueng a “Sinophobe” and would not “pitchfork away” from Chinese investment.