After the State Department and security agencies declared the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the greatest threat to the United States, Biden’s advisers proposed to partner with it in a major space technology transfer.
The proposal was rejected because, “Doing so would be catastrophic for NASA and America’s national security,” according to America First Policies director and author of the article for American Greatness Curt Ellis, on Jan. 30.
“The giveaway could result in the Chinese military dominating space and, with it, world affairs” author and Chinese communist regime studies expert Gordon Chang also considered.
He added, “The Chinese space program is military at its core and, to the extent it is civilian, it serves as a conduit to the military,” referring to the fact that the CCP orders all entities to transfer to the military the technologies it requires for its own aggrandizement.
However, former astronaut and possible next NASA administrator Pam Melroy urged the Biden administration to engage with them, saying that excluding them would be a misguided strategy.
Ellis synthesizes some of the reprehensible strategies the CCP resorts to in order to achieve its threatening goals.
“Among other tactics, the People’s Republic nationals act as spies, stealing secrets from employers and universities here in the United States,” Ellis wrote.
What’s more, “It has orchestrated wide-scale cyberespionage operations that have targeted some of the nation’s largest federal agencies, including NASA,” Ellis continued.
He also recounted “For example, it stole autopilot technology from SpaceX that doubles as rocket guidance software and then proceeded to bait CEO Elon Musk to bring his car operations to China with a billion-dollar loan.”
The Trump administration countered the CCP’s aggressive tactics to empower its military by sanctioning hundreds of companies that directly or indirectly collaborated with the CCP’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), but Biden suspended some of those restrictions, in a controversial rapprochement with the enemy power.
One of the justifications for reversing Trump’s security policies is that eventually collaborating with the CCP would allow for a “more liberalized” China, Ellis cites.
It’s the same failed argument by which doors were opened to the CCP a few decades ago, and which led it to the expansionism and international aggressiveness it now laments.
“But Biden has favored appeasement in the past, and it’s clear that this strategy has failed. Biden needs to strengthen our defense against further espionage and put the needs of Americans first. Our nation’s security depends on it,” Ellis concluded.
Some of Biden’s nominations for the leadership to important institutions in his administration are of officials who have had questionable relationships with the CCP or entities strongly linked to it.
These include Kurt Campbell, chief Asia policy coordinator at the National Security Council (NSC), and potential U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield.