China’s CATL denies ‘espionage threat’ accusations
The world’s biggest electric-vehicle battery maker has hit back against accusations that it poses a national security threat after the Chinese company’s technology was cut off from a US military base. “Accusations about CATL batteries posing espionage threats are false and misleading,” said the company in a statement on Thursday. “Our products have passed rigorous safety and security reviews including those by US authorities and businesses.”
The battery maker’s statement follows an open letter on Friday from Republican senator Marco Rubio and other lawmakers to US defence secretary Lloyd Austin, which alleged CATL was close to the Chinese leadership and that its presence on a US military base in North Carolina was “inexcusable”.
“The CCP’s pattern of espionage leaves little room for doubt that CATL products pose a threat to national security at any base where they are installed,” said the letter.
在这家电池制造商发表声明之前，共和党参议员马尔科•鲁比奥(Marco Rubio)和其他议员上周五向美国国防部长劳埃德•奥斯汀(Lloyd Austin)发出了一封公开信，称宁德时代与中国领导层关系密切，其产品出现在北卡罗来纳州的一个美国军事基地是“不可谅解的”。