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British taxpayers may be funding China’s military programme, via “joint nuclear technology research”

Telegraph 1st June 2020, Experts fear British taxpayers could inadvertently be contributing to  funding the Chinese defence programme, after millions of pounds of public  funds were poured into technology research undertaken in collaboration with  controversial Chinese universities known for their military links. The  UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council distributed more than £6.5 million to British universities including Manchester for
technology studies that were undertaken with these controversial Chinese institutions, according to disclosures on academic papers.

While the research programmes focused on technologies that could be used for civilian purposes, experts have warned that they also have the potential to be used for military applications, prompting fears that taxpayer-funded research by British universities could be exploited by Beijing.

June 2, 2020 - Posted by | General News

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