• Confronting China’s Scheming: Trump’s Started, but More Needs to Be Done

    Surge Summary: China remains a counterintelligence threat to the United States — as evidenced by shady goings on in America’s defense, scientific and academic communities. The Trump Administration is taking action, but more work must be done if the nation is to be kept safe.

    by Gary Bauer

    While the mainstream media have obsessed over impeachment, there are a few stories out there right now that just aren’t getting the coverage they deserve.  Both involve China and our national security.

    As I have noted before, FBI Director Christopher Wray has identified China as America’s biggest counterintelligence threat.  Wray described the Chinese threat as “deep and diverse and wide and vexing,” adding that there are at least 1,000 investigations involving China’s efforts to steal our economic and military secrets.

    China’s intense espionage efforts are not new.  They have been going on for years and really picked up speed during the Obama era.

    This week, Professor Charles Lieber, chairman of Harvard University’s Chemistry Department, was arrested for lying to the Defense Department about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents program.

    For at least five years, Lieber, an expert in nanotechnology, was paid $50,000 a month and provided $150,000 a year for personal expenses by the Chinese.  At the same time, he was directing research projects from the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.

    But wait. . . There’s more!

    • Federal authorities also announced charges against Yanqing Ye, an officer in the Chinese military, who had been working at Boston University.
    • Last month, Zaosong Zheng was arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport attempting to smuggle vials of biological materials stolen from U.S. research labs.
    • And the state of Florida recently launched a major investigation after ten university faculty members and other researchers were exposed as participants in China’s Thousand Talents program.

    As FBI Director Wray warned, China’s espionage efforts are “deep and diverse.” According to one estimate, there are at least 80 Confucius Institutes operating at colleges and universities around the country.  Confucius Institutes have been more warmly received at American universities than conservative speakers!

    These institutes are official organs of the Chinese Communist Party.  But like much of U.S. policy toward China, the allure of easy money proved too tempting to resist, regardless of the strings attached.

    Thankfully, the Trump Administration is cracking down, and more than 20 Confucius Institutes have closed in the past two years.  But much more work clearly remains to be done.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: Arlekim (pixabay.com); https://www.needpix.com/photo/1003682/dragon-chinese-background-chinese-dragon-vintage-old-design-red-tribe

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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