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At least one hidden Chinese tracking device was discovered in a UK government car after officials forensically searched vehicles.
A SIM card capable of transmitting location data was found in a security sweep which discovered 'disturbing things', a security source said.
The tracker was found inside a sealed part that had been imported from China.
The revelation has caused concern among senior MPs as more calls are made for China to be treated as a 'threat' and for goods manufactured in China to be used with more care.
A SIM card, capable of transmitting location data, was found in a sealed part of a UK government car. The part had been manufactured in China. Steve Barclay at Downing Street in December (file image)
Chinese car part manufactures are using sealed parts to smuggle tracking devices into vehicles, security sources have said. Xi Jinping with Philippine President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Junior in Beijing on Wednesday (file image)
The SIM cards, which can transmit location data, have been discovered in UK government cars.
The cards are now commonplace in vehicles and can feedback information about the performance of the car to the manufacturer.
Electronic Control Units (ECUs), which contain the SIM cards, are primarily sourced from China.
The cards would allow access to information including where the car has been, how long it was stopped and even the way in which it was driven.
The cars, which are used to transport diplomats and senior government officials, including ministers, were searched as part of