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Trade war

US tightens controls on China imports of nuclear components

Washington concerned with technology to power small reactors for subs and icebreakers

A cut-away model of the Chinese Gen-III nuclear power technology HPR1000 by China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) is displayed at an industry trade fair in Paris in June.   © Reuters

The United States is tightening controls on China's imports of civil nuclear technology to prevent use for military or other unauthorized purposes, the U.S. Department of Energy said on Thursday.

The policy comes amid escalating trade tensions between the Washington and Beijing. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump imposed tariffs on nearly $200 billion of Chinese imports and then threatened more levies if China retaliated. China then hit back with tariffs on about $60 billion of U.S. imports.

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