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2021.02.01 09:25

Beijing calls Lithuania's block of Chinese tech at airports 'politicised'

BNS2021.02.01 09:25

China’s embassy in Lithuania said the country’s decision to block a contract for Nuctech X-ray scanners at airports over national security fears “will be a loss to Lithuania”.

"The safety and reliability of Nuctech equipment is endorsed worldwide,” the embassy said in a written comment, adding that “it will be a loss to Lithuania” and “market fact will prove it”.

Last week, the Lithuanian government decided to block the contract for X-ray baggage scanning equipment at the country’s three main international airports, saying that the data would be available to Chinese intelligence and security services under Chinese law.

Lithuania's decision was later welcomed by the US ambassador.

"I welcome the Lithuanian government taking this step to protect Lithuania's national security and critical infrastructure,” Ambassador Robert Gilchrist said in a comment to BNS.

Lithuania's intelligence services warned last year that, "China’s pursuit of technological advantage and its penetrating investment activities increase the vulnerability of other states and pose the risk of losing control over the critical infrastructure".

Transport Minister Marius Skuodis refused to comment.

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