(ConservativeHub.com) – Chinese President Xi Jinping and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have doubled down on their efforts to reduce the importance of the United States. In the long term, they plan to take over as the world’s dominant social, political, and economic power by 2049. China has allegedly engaged in scientific espionage for years, likely decades, to help achieve that goal. Recently, a situation spiraled out of control regarding a Danish research project that ended up operating in tandem with Chinese military officials.
Chinese Researcher Working in Denmark Colluded With the Chinese Military?
A Chinese professor named Guojie Zhang conducted groundbreaking research at the University of Copenhagen with the help of Chinese military officials, according to an exclusive report published by Reuters on November 18. Zhang and a student research assistant conducted brain studies on monkeys exposed to pressures associated with extremely high altitude environments to develop new drugs to offset the effects of hypobaric hypoxia exposure and life-threatening cerebral edema.
Zhang and a team of Chinese scientists published the results of his study in the January 18, 2020, edition of Zoological Research. The US-based National Center for Biotechnology Information simultaneously published the research on its website.
Officials at the University of Copenhagen knew of the publication of his research at the time of its publication. However, they didn’t realize until later one of the study’s authors was a general with China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA). They also didn’t know a PLA research lab or scientists working for other Chinese military research facilities helped with the study.
Zhang told Reuters he didn’t tell university officials about the connection between his research project and the Chinese military because the school didn’t require scientists to disclose the names of co-authors. Niels Kroer, the head of the University of Copenhagen’s biology department, confirmed Zhang’s statement in an email to Reuters.
Chinese Officials Say No Harm, No Foul
The Chinese-based BGI Group, formerly the Beijing Genomics Institute, who helped fund the project, claimed the study wasn’t “carried out for military purposes.” Instead, according to it, the research could have benefits for civilians and national defense in the high-altitude Tibetan plateau.
However, US Defense officials and European Union members have expressed concerns for years that China was stealing Western research data in hopes of using it to create an enhanced military.
On the plus side, the U.S.-EU Trade and Technology Council met for the first time on September 29, 2021, to coordinate efforts to combat China’s ongoing efforts to combine military and civilian technology.
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