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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

GOP Lawmaker Warns of China-Run JROTC Programs at U.S. Schools

'We have got to wake up as a country...'

(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., recently warned that Chinese-owned private schools in America may be running junior military programs for the Chinese military, the Washington Examiner reported.

According to Waltz, such schools must operate at the whims of the Chinese Communist Party and its leader, Xi Jinping.

“This is just even broader than education—anything that is owned or controlled by China, by law under the national security law that Xi has passed, has to essentially do the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party, whether that is a student that may have access to a university supercomputer or whether that is a company that is told to act in a certain manner,” Waltz said.

He also noted that when the CCP asks for Chinese people to do something, “it is against Chinese law for them not to respond.”

Further, the Chinese have continued to invest heavily in the American private school sector in recent years.

“It’s incredibly concerning that there are American private schools owned by companies with strong ties to the Chinese Communist Party,” Waltz said.

“From Florida to New York, there is clear evidence that the ownership of these schools [is] linked to our greatest adversary and it’s ridiculous that we are developing potential future military leaders through JROTC programs where the CCP could be shaping school curriculum and activities.”

Waltz introduced a measure in Congress to put a stop to such training programs, noting that he hopes for bipartisan support due to the fact that he co-sponsored the legislation with Rep. Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa.

Ultimately for Waltz, America must start taking its national security more seriously.

“We have got to wake up as a country,” he told Fox News’s Laura Ingraham, noting that the CCP has also exercised massive influence in America’s universities.

“They have hundreds of thousands of students in our universities,” he said. “Of course, we’ve seen the billions pouring into endowments, researchers in our labs that are stealing our I.T.”

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