reported that Chinese Weibo netizens fiercely criticized the British government's decision, with some arguing that Britain must cooperate with Chinese companies in order to keep up with China's fast-growing technology. Earlier this year, Kwarten launched a national security investigation into Nexperia's acquisition of Britain's Newport Wafer Fabrications .
The actual owner of Nexperia is Wingtech, a Shanghai-listed phone database company in China. Experts pointed out that the products of the Newport fab are not cutting-edge technology, but commentators believe that the fab is of strategic importance to the United Kingdom. Earlier this month , MI5 chief Ken McCallum and FBI director Christopher Wray issued a warning to business and academic leaders that Beijing Desire to gain "world-leading expertise, technology, research and business advantages".
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