According to a revealing private intelligence report published by Strider Technologies, at least 154 Chinese scientists who worked on U.S. government-sponsored research at the country’s top national security laboratory have been recruited to perform scientific work in China. They are working on the design and manufacture of nuclear weapons, which is considered a high national security risk.
The report claims that the Chinese communist regime has made every effort to place Chinese scientists in the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States, where the first nuclear weapons in history were designed.
Most of these Chinese scientists resigned after some time and returned to work for Chinese laboratories—many of the labs have close ties with the communist regime and its war apparatus.
Among the areas the scientists worked in was the development of technological advances in nuclear warheads, hypersonic missiles, submarines, and drones.
The Chinese communist regime for decades has implemented a policy of “copy and steal”; very evident in many critical areas, among them the technological development of nuclear energy and weaponry stand out.
As a basis of its strategy, during the last forty years the CCP has promoted thousands of Chinese specialized in certain fields to freely leave China to work in prestigious international companies, laboratories, universities, and other centers of knowledge.
In many cases, these people have then been tempted to return to China and put all their knowledge at the service of the CCP and its apparatus of domination.
Zang Qichao, a well-known Chinese consultant and expert in investment and capital financing, cynically recounted a presentation the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gave on tactics of plagiarizing and stealing knowledge and research from foreign companies, in order to completely appropriate patents, products, and the market.
Qichao is a consultant for many banks, including the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. In the video he made it clear what the CCP has been doing for at least four decades with its “partner, learn and go it alone” policy.
The Chinese regime has used very subtle tactics to disguise its information theft mechanisms, always bordering on the illegal but taking care not to cross that line. This way there are no major conflicts. It is for this reason that save criticism of some sectors, the international community allowed, or did not prevent, the Chinese regime carrying out this increasingly obvious policy.
But it seems that now it has reached an extreme. Clearly the implications are not the same for let’s say copying for example, the mechanisms and strategies of an automotive production line, as there is copying the technological development and designs of nuclear weapons.
The transfer of talent “represents a direct threat to U.S. national security,” said Greg Levesque, co-founder of Strider and lead author of the report. He said, “China is playing a game we’re not prepared for, and we really need to start mobilizing.”
“Thousand Talents Plan,” the regime’s program to copy knowledge
The Thousand Talents Plan was established by the Chinese communist regime in 2008 to recognize and recruit leading international experts in scientific research, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Since the program was implemented, it has aroused criticism in several areas due to fears of the program’s hidden intentions, associated with the theft of information. So much so, that in 2019, a bipartisan report by the U.S. Senate assured that China’s Thousand Talents Program is a vector for the Chinese regime to exploit U.S. research and knowledge.
While President Trump was in office, the administration showed how China’s growth and development was in large part due to the contributions of Americans and their technological and knowledge advances.
Then FBI Director Christopher Wray summed this up nicely during a speech in 2020, “Through its talent recruitment programs, like the so-called Thousand Talents Program, the Chinese government tries to entice scientists to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China—even if that means stealing proprietary information or violating our export controls and conflict-of-interest rules.”
Why is it particularly dangerous for information to be leaked from Los Alamos Laboratory?
Los Alamos is the U.S. laboratory where the atomic bomb that later marked the end of World War II was developed. It is now dedicated to science and engineering in support of U.S. national security. But much of the information it holds is unclassified and available to many foreign scientists working at the facility.
The huge lab emerged as a secret institution during World War II to design and build the first nuclear weapons. It now falls under the U.S. Department of Energy and is managed by the University of California. It has about 6,800 workers, obviously not all of them handle classified information but most of them are in the race for high positions where access to this information increases.
At present it works to solve the national security challenges of the United States through a complete work plan oriented to the investigation of the development of nuclear security, intelligence, defense, counterterrorism, energy security, and the treatment of emerging threats.
All of these are sufficient reasons to understand that any leak of information from this laboratory to a country like China, which is on the brink of military conflict with the United States, is at least cause for alarm.