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Lithuania Set to Block Chinese Airport Scanner Firm Nuctech

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Lithuania Set to Block Chinese Airport Scanner Firm Nuctech

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VILNIUS, Lithuania—A Chinese state-owned maker of security-screening equipment should be blocked from supplying equipment for Lithuania’s three international airports over national security concerns, the Lithuanian government said Friday. Beijing-based Nuctech last year won a bid to install baggage scanners at airports in Vilnius, Kaunas, and Palanga, government spokeswoman Rasa Jakilaitiene said. No deal has been signed. However, a parliament-appointed panel concluded this week that Nuctech’s luggage and cargo-screening equipment doesn’t meet national security interests. The government was expected to follow the panel’s conclusion next week when a decision is made, which is considered a formality. The panel said Nuctech’s screening equipment can collect data on passengers and luggage, which could be available to China’s intelligence and security services under a 2017 Chinese law that compels companies to help with intelligence gathering. The chairman of the parliamentary Committee on National Security and Defense, Laurynas Kasciunas, told the Baltic News Service, the …

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