British universities have significantly strengthened their ties with Chinese military-related institutions and may be helping the communist regime develop high-tech weapons, the Times of London said. Revealed.
The number of collaborative studies between British scientists and Chinese institutions with close ties to the PLA has more than tripled in six years. Research Made by paper.
Since 2015, UK universities have received £ 240m ($ 325m) from Chinese institutions, many of which are closely related to the PLA.
The main source of funding is Huawei, a telecommunications giant that has donated £ 40 million ($ 54 million) to a UK agency. An additional £ 20 million ($ 27 million) came from other companies licensed by the US government to supply fighter aircraft, missiles, and communications technology to the PLA.
British scholars, in collaboration with military-related Chinese universities, include technologies that can be used for both military and civilian purposes, such as drones, electromagnetic technology that can launch projectiles, aerospace materials, radar, and jamming devices. We have conducted highly confidential “dual use” research. Said the report, a high-performance battery.
For example, Imperial College London has received £ 55m ($ 74m) from Chinese sources since 2015, the newspaper said.
Approximately £ 5 million ($ 6.8 million) worth of funding for research on high-tech aerospace materials comes from three US-licensed PLA-affiliated companies, two of which are major manufacturers of fighters. It is a subsidiary of a defense contractor. Jet plane for the Chinese army.
Other examples cited in the report include a scholar at the University of Southampton, who co-authored 18 papers on materials science with a Chinese bullet designer, and two staff members working on helicopter parts and advanced wing technology. Includes engineers from the University of Southampton. China’s top military research university.
“Naive and greedy”
This is not the first time that concerns have been raised about British universities that may contribute to China’s weapons program.
In February 2021, Civitas of the Civil and Social Research Institute reported that “China’s military-related conglomerates and the dissemination of universities in support of high-tech research centers of many major British universities” are mainly carried out. Stated. It was overlooked.
Britain’s top universities have said they may unknowingly support Chinese troops in the development of weapons of mass destruction by granting access to cutting-edge research.
Parliamentarian Tom Tajendat, chairman of the House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Special Committee, commented on the report, saying that some British universities were “motivated by a mixture of naivety and greed.”
“By opening the door to China for our university, we are negotiating a competitive advantage, and at a price, often hostile nations become the greatest military force of the 21st century. I’ll give you a secret to help you become, “he wrote. Commentary..
In recent years, British security officials have repeatedly warned against the threat posed by the Chinese government.
Lieutenant Jim Hockenhal, director of the British Defense Intelligence Agency, told the British media in September 2020 that the Chinese government “poses the greatest threat to the world order.”
Ken McCallum, head of MI5 intelligence, said in October 2020 that Russia now poses the greatest national-based threat to Britain, while China More dangerous in the future..
Jeremy Fleming, director of GCHQ intelligence in the United Kingdom, said in April 2021 that China’s technological growth poses a serious threat to overall security in the United Kingdom and the West.
In November 2021, Richard Moore, head of the MI6 intelligence service, said that the Chinese administration has brought a “serious challenge” to world peace, making it a “single top priority” for his organization. Said.
The Times of London states that a spokesman for the British government has stated that international research cooperation is “the center of our position as a science superpower.”
But he added: “We do not accept cooperation that jeopardizes national security, and the government will continue to support the sector to identify and mitigate the risk of interference.”