Security scanners across Europe tied to the Chinese government and military

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Authorities have installed security screening equipment in some of the world’s most sensitive locations, made by a single Chinese company with close ties to the Chinese military and the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party.

The World Economic Forum in Davos. Europe’s largest ports. Airports from Amsterdam to Athens. NATO borders with Russia. All rely on equipment from Nuctech, which has quickly become the global leader in cargo and vehicle scanners.

Banned by the US for years due to national security concerns, Nuctech has caught on across Europe, installing its devices in 26 out of 27 EU member states, according to government procurement, government and corporate records verified by The Associated Press.

The complexity of Nuctech’s ownership structure and its growing global footprint have raised alarms on both sides of the Atlantic.

A growing number of Western security officials and policymakers fear China could exploit Nuctech devices to sabotage key transit points or gain unauthorized access to government, industrial or personal data from the items passing through its devices.

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