A VIP visit, a mystery burglary of five laptops and a tantalising question: Did China's spies steal the secrets of this British invention? 


They came in the dead of night, scaling a perimeter fence and evading security guards who keep up 24-hour patrols in the heavily protected industrial park, a stone’s throw from the waterfront in Edinburgh’s docklands.

Stealthily crossing open ground, making sure to stay out of sight of CCTV cameras, the intruders headed straight for a large office building, primarily occupied by electronics giant Siemens.

Having gained access, seemingly without setting off any alarms, they chose to ignore the German firm’s well-stocked premises on the bottom two floors, and instead scampered up a staircase to the second-floor headquarters of an alternative energy company called Pelamis.

The Scottish wave power machine, which the Chinese seem to have replicated closely

The Scottish wave power machine, which the Chinese seem to have replicated closely

Then something odd happened: though the premises was stuffed with a large and valuable range of office equipment, the…



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