The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said the claim was baseless and ‘purely speculative’. Photo: Xinhua

China could use Trojan horse tactic against Philippines, senator says, as fears grow over access to power grid

  • Risa Hontiveros vows to push for an investigation by the Senate into claims that Beijing can control the electricity network
  • China’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said the allegations were ‘completely groundless’ and the grid was operated by the Philippines, with the Chinese partner offering technical support
Topic |   China-Philippines relations

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The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines said the claim was baseless and ‘purely speculative’. Photo: Xinhua
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Workers erect a reinforcement grid of iron bars for a concrete wall of a power substation in Manila. Photo: AFP

China can turn off the Philippine national power grid, officials say

  • Engineers in China could plunge the country into darkness using a remote operating system supplied by a firm based in Nanjing
  • Senators demand an investigation into the national security implications, but official says a similar arrangement exists in Kenya, Indonesia and Thailand
Topic |   The Philippines

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Workers erect a reinforcement grid of iron bars for a concrete wall of a power substation in Manila. Photo: AFP
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