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US Warns Schools of Chinese Spying Students and Teachers


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The US national security commission is recommending that US universities take steps to prevent Chinese from accessing vital scientific information.

To paraphrase one of the best Soviet spy-catcher, whenever a Chinese national appears there is a theft. If naturalised Chinese arrives that threat is less likely, but it is still a possibility. During the last decade, Western intelligence agencies have uncovered thousands of cases of technology theft by Chinese professors and students. The Western countries to protect their advanced technology must ban access to it for the Chinese. It is not a choice of politicians but their sacred duty.

Any thinking person, who sees a new foldable screen of the new Huawei telephone knows that the Chinese could not invent it. Beijing stole at least 90 per cent of the technology from the United States and its allies by the cyber-attacks and outright theft by "scientific" workers and students, according to the US Congressional Report.

From 1992 to approx 2020 Chinese theft of American IP costed around US $ 176 trillion, according to a conservative estimates of the American intelligence analysts.

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, led by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt, was yesterday set to vote on its final report to the US Congress.

A new section on university research was added to a recently published final draft, which also features numerous recommendations in areas including competition in artificial intelligence and the semiconductor supply chain.

The fresh recommendations come as the US pushes ahead with the prosecution of at least five Chinese researchers arrested last year in various cities across the US on charges of visa fraud for not disclosing ties to the Chinese military.

False statements, destruction of records and technology theft

Among those arrested was Song Chen, a former Stanford University visiting academic in neurology who faces charges including obstruction of justice, destruction of records and making false statements to a government agency.

She pleaded not guilty at an arraignment last week in the US District Court, Northern District of California.

Other cases involve Tang Juan, a visiting researcher at University of California  Davis School of Medicine; Wang Xin, a visiting researcher at UC San Francisco who was working on projects related to metabolism and obesity; Zhao Kaikai, a doctoral student focusing on AI and machine learning at Indiana University in Bloomington; and Guan Lei, who worked as a researcher at UC Los Angeles’ mathematics department.

Stanford, UC San Francisco and UC Davis all said they are cooperating with the authorities on the investigations. University of Indiana did not reply to request for comment.

Communist China has denied allegations it was trying to steal US research.


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