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UK orders national security assessment of sale of microchip factory to China's Nexperia

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British Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng walks outside Downing Street, in London © Reuters/PETER NICHOLLS British Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng walks outside Downing Street, in London

LONDON (Reuters) -The acquisition of Britain's biggest microchip factory Newport Wafer Fab by Chinese-owned technology company Nexperia has been called in for a full national security assessment, Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said on Wednesday.

"We welcome overseas investment, but it must not threaten Britain's national security," Kwarteng said on Twitter.


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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last year he did not want to drive Chinese investment away from Britain because of "anti-China spirit", when asked whether the sale of the semiconductor producer would go ahead. [nS8N2NF065]

The government, which has the power to intervene, including retrospectively, in acquisitions on national security grounds, has 30 working days to carry out its assessment.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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