2003 August 05 Tuesday
Students From China Caught Stealing Military Technology
Another valuable piece of military technology falls into Chinese hands.
Two Chinese students studying in the United States supplied China's military with American defense technology that allowed Beijing to produce a special metal used in sensors and weapons, according to a Pentagon report.
"This is a classic example of how the Chinese collect dual-use military technology," an FBI official said. "Students come here; they get jobs; they form companies."
The quote from the FBI official sounds a bit misleading. The text of the article gives the impression that the student studying at Iowa State University stole the data from a computer on campus that was in a laboratory run by the US Department of Energy.
While only a small portion of the 50,000 students from China studying in the US are spies that small number can cause enormous damage to US national security. Is it wise to let students from China to study in the US? Should there at least be restrictions on which majors they can study or which univerisities they can attend?
Is it wise to let students from China study in the US?
I lived in China for a while, and like most Americans who do, I taught as a Foreign Expert Professor. I thereby met many Chinese of college age--and, since I didn't live in Shanghai or Beijing, I was for many of them the only American they had ever seen.
The level of ignorance about the world outside China is astonishing. This, in spite of all our professional propagandists, years of engagement, and the Voice of America put together. The second World War is known in China as the War Against Japanese Aggression, and there is not any real awareness that there was a wider war beyond Asia, or that America was in some way involved in the end of the Japanese aggression. They think Mao did it, almost all of it.
There may be some critical areas in which we would benefit from not allowing Chinese students--or any other Communists, dammit, even if they're Americans. But most Chinese students should be encouraged to come. The Chinese I knew who had lived in the USA for a while were invariably better off in their ability to conceive the world than those who hadn't. Most of them were still quite loyal to China--indeed, most of them led lives of devoted service to improving China, educating her young and broadening her horizons. We make no better investment in China than the students we bring over here on scholarship.
This is the truer given that we have already lost Asia to them. You know as I do that the DPRK is going nuclear, and that we can not now stop it. When they do, the PRC and Russia will have an unbeatable poker hand in negotiating with us: play our way, or who knows what might slip through the border 'by accident'? Taiwan won't be defensible because we will not be able to afford the PRC as an enemy, as we will absolutely require their help keeping DPRK nukes from spilling out to other rogue states. When the PRC holds Taiwan, they will control the shipping lanes to Japan, and be free to pursue their (quite open) designs to expand outward along two sets of island chains. They will control the shipping lanes of all Asia, and we really can't do anything about it except encourage Japan to rearm and prepare to fight a war we can't fight for them.
With Japan's--and South Korea's--economic survival dependent upon PRC goodwill, they will become much more receptive to Chinese demands. Asia is going to be the PRC's playground. We would do well to have as many people in China as possible who understand us, know the truth about us, and are willing to work with us for the good of their own country.
You have a great site, laddie. It's one of my favorites. Keep up the good work.
I regularly read several Blogs from China and find them interesting. Perhaps one of the reasons for their ignorance is this quote from July:
"July 21, 2003, Update 14:40 GMT 22:40 Beijing
CNN.com has been blocked in China. I couldn't connect to the site for few days. Along with blocking CNN, China regime also don't want its people to see BBC, Guardian Unlimited, Time magazine."
As an example of the information the Chinese people get locally, let me quote a recent Blog:
"(From [People 's Daily] Scholars, or Trouble Makers?--People's Observation)
This seems having become a law--when Sino-US relations pick up and undergo smooth development, a bunch of anti-China forces in the United States would jump out and make some noises. Now, when the relations between the two countries are entering a period of steady development, a few US "scholars" began to write articles of negative influence on Sino-US relations."
The author of the Blog also wrote:
"To control Internet media, Chinese Government is now training a great number of internet-cops. In central and provincial level, hundreds of Internet security departments were established. But with the increasing of the Internet users and the websites, it is too hard for the Internet cops to block. Now they can only focus specific suspects, insert key words in the search engines to find out the “Internet Enemies”. And what they use is merely “low-tech Lenin style” censorship: to cut off the cable line; to confiscate information technology equipment. On the Internet, when Chinese online users have grown to 33 millions, they can monitor a specific object only when they already targeted a suspect. It is more difficult to examine couple millions e-mails sent in China everyday and it becomes more difficult when the number increase more and more."
I don't know who submitted this article that I commenting on at http://www.futurepundit.com/ but I would appreciate it if he would e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would like to correspond with him -- thanks, Don