The British parliament called to ban Russia and China in any way from participating in the supply chains in the supply of the UK defense sector, writes The Independent, citing Defense Committee of the House of Commons.
According to the newspaper, the committee noted that nine companies operating in the British defense sector have been acquired by Chinese firms in recent years. In particular, this concerned the manufacturers of printed circuit boards used in the American F-35 fighters.
The parliamentarians suggested that the Ministry of Defense create a list of countries that are considered “friendly” and investments from which should be encouraged.
At the same time, countries not included in this list “should be prohibited from investing in the supply chain of the UK defense sector, including China and Russia.”
“Investing from countries such as Russia that regularly spy against the United Kingdom, or its allies, should be classified as hostile,” the committee said in a document.
Earlier, the US Department of Commerce published a list of more than 100 Russian and Chinese companies that will be subject to export restrictions.