According to a new private intelligence study acquired by NBC News, over the past 20 years, at least 154 Chinese scientists who worked on government sponsored research at the top national security laboratory in the U.S. have been hired to do scientific research in China.
The report from Strider Technologies details the Chinese communist regime’s deliberate efforts to send Chinese scientists to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear weapons were first developed.
The Chinese Communist Party then uses various ways to attract these scientists and lure them back. These scientists will help make advances in technologies such as deep-penetrating warheads, hypersonic missiles, silent submarines, and drones.
According to Financial Times, in an attempt to lure Chinese emigrants back to China and recruit foreign talent, the CCP is speeding up its talent-poaching programs. The “Thousand Talents Plan” is one.
Scientists were paid up to $1 million to participate in these “talent programs.”
Greg Levesque, a co-founder of Strider and the report’s lead author, stated talent transfer directly poses a threat to U.S. national security. He added, “China is playing a game that we are not prepared for, and we need to really begin to mobilize.”
According to the Strider report, current and former U.S. intelligence officials described how the Chinese regime has been utilizing this talent program to acquire knowledge of U.S. technologies.
The Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations published a report on the threat that CCP’s efforts to attract talent pose to U.S. research advantages.
The report, which was released in 2019, pointed out that China is the nation that seeks to take advantage of America’s openness the most aggressively in order to achieve its own national interests.
The report reads, “Launched in 2008, the Thousand Talents Plan incentivizes individuals engaged in research and development in the United States to transmit the knowledge and research they gain here to China in exchange for salaries, research funding, lab space, and other incentives.”