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China paid US lab scientists up to $1m for research, including military technology

A security company called Strider Technologies has released a report this week, who said China had paid large sums of money to prominent scientists at the US national laboratory at Los Alamos to conduct research for the Chinese communist government, including research with military applications that could threaten the national security of the United States.

The report, title The Los Alamos Club: How the People’s Republic of China recruited top scientists from the Los Alamos National Laboratory to advance its military programs, offered a fairly simple answer to his main question – China recruited these scientists by offering them up to $1 million each, and at least 154 of them accepted.

The Strider Report is an extraordinarily detailed look at an issue that has been discussed at length in recent years, China’s extremely aggressive “talent recruitment” programs. The People’s Republic of China goes to great lengths to recruit talented foreigners to serve its goals, often without emigrating to China or leaving the positions they hold in free countries. Often, but not always, these recruitment programs target foreign citizens of Chinese descent.

The most notorious of these initiatives is called the Thousand Talents Program (PTP). Many of the scientists in the Strider Report were involved with the TTP or its youth wing.

China’s recruiting activities often look a lot like espionage or technology theft, and sometimes participants are prosecuted for it, including employees of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Other scientists and scholars have been disciplined or fired by US institutions for failing to disclose the full extent of their work for China. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in April 2021 Told a Senate committee that more than 500 federally funded scientists were being investigated for possible ties to China and other foreign powers.

The Los Alamos Club The report says it does not allege that “illegal activities” were carried out by the people or institutions it studied, but the patterns it found are disturbing nonetheless.

The extent to which these initiatives are active in US government labs is unknown. However, China’s recruitment of people who worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico reflects the ambitions of the PRC’s talent strategy and its exploitation of Western commitments to global scientific collaboration.

The PRC’s success among former Los Alamos affiliates, as well as support for Chinese talent programs by Communist Party of China (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping and other senior CCP leaders, suggests that efforts to Similar recruitment could be prevalent among US government-funded labs, academic research institutions, and major innovation centers.

Additionally, the Los Alamos case shows how China’s rapid advances in some key military technologies are being aided by individuals who participated in sensitive US government-funded research.

The report essentially accuses China of exploiting the openness of the US government and private institutions by sending Chinese scholars and scientists abroad, where they are often welcomed with open arms and placed in positions that allow them to study advanced technologies and research. Chinese scientists are then taken home to add everything they have learned to the ever-growing inventory of stolen technology in Beijing.

“The Los Alamos case demonstrates how China’s rapid advances in certain crucial military technologies are aided by individuals who have participated in sensitive US government-funded research,” the report said.

“Our research shows that the PRC has seen significant return on investment from advances in critical military technologies. Now, more than ever, it is imperative for the national security of the United States and our allies to identify and protect top talent in the public and private sectors,” Strider CEO and co-founder Greg Levesque urged.

BNC News spoke with some advocates of talent-sharing programs on Wednesday who said the United States still benefits from hosting visiting Chinese experts, but the imbalance of sensitive knowledge China gets from those programs gets worse.

“We have benefited enormously from the influx of Chinese talent, and I hope we can continue to do so – it is essential for the United States. But China is now developing weapons systems, capabilities, doctrines and, frankly, attitudes towards its own power, which means we have to go back to the drawing board in some of these areas,” the official said. Chinese expert Robert Daly of the Wilson Center.

“National security and defense require fierce protection of critical technology development, even as we protect the open scientific research that underpins America’s technological leadership,” the US Department of Energy said in response to the report. Strider.

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