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Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Is China Sending STEM Students to Steal Our Technology?

'Xi Jinping, has [made] clear that overseas Chinese students and scholars are key to his plans to transform China into an innovative and militarily formidable world power... '

(Tony Sifert, Headline USA) The Center for Immigration Studies has issued a lengthy report warning about the role that Chinese students at American universities are playing in helping China develop the kind of “disruptive military technologies” that will allow it to “leapfrog” the American military by 2050.

According to the CIS‘s George Fishman, Chinese President Xi Jinping has publicly embraced a policy of “national rejuvenation” that demands military superiority over the rest of the world.

Further, Xi recognizes that the United States’ greatest advantage over China lies in its superior technological capability, from artificial intelligence to “big data collection.”

Therefore, according to Fishman, the Chinese government has been targeting Chinese students attending American universities on visas, and encouraging them to engage in espionage.

Citing a report issued by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, Fishman showed that President Jinping has been explicit in his desire to steal technology from the United States.

“Xi Jinping, has [made] clear that overseas Chinese students and scholars are key to his plans to transform China into an innovative and militarily formidable world power,” the ESRC wrote. “As early as 2013, he argued publicly that . . . China ‘must adopt an asymmetrical strategy of catching up.'”

Despite warnings about academic espionage from members of his own administration, President Biden has followed in the politically correct footsteps of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and encouraged an increase in the number of Chinese nationals studying in the United States — currently more than 310,000 students, which represents at least 1/3 of all foreigners, the CIS reported.

In concluding its report, the CIS recommended that the United States consider “barring the entry of, or issuance of visas to, all students and exchange visitors from the PRC, or at least those who will be studying in STEM or other fields likely to give them access to information and research of value to the PLA.”

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