Gene editing has the potential to make big changes to our lives. This powerful technology may have benefits in the future, such as fixing gene mutations that predispose mankind to certain diseases. Or edit the genes that cause hereditary diseases. But at the same time, the technology has a downside, and the price to pay may far outweigh the advantages.
Gene editing raises the possibility of designer babies, but changing the DNA of an embryo would not only have effects on the child but also their descendants. More virulent diseases could also become real if technology is used in the wrong way. And now, the world needs to be concerned about the technology in the hands of Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The CCP wants to dominate the world, and there is a massive ramp-up of the Chinese military.
The Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe has rung alarm bells that the Chinese military is using gene editing to make their military “stronger and more powerful.” China is using the technology to experiment on military personnel of the People’s Liberation Army to create soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities.”
Speaking on Tucker Carlson earlier in December, Ratcliffe said the rise of the CCP is not something we should be complacent about.
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“On the military front, they’ve already achieved having the largest navy of any country in the world. From a military force standpoint, the People’s Republic of China has a military of 2 million,” Ratcliffe said. “They want them to be the largest, and they also want them to be the strongest, which is why they are engaged in what you referenced, which is called gene editing, literally trying to alter the DNA, experimenting on DNA to make soldiers, sailors, and airmen stronger and more powerful,” he told Carlson, reported The Washington Examiner.
“China [the CCP] knows that, at this point, the United States is still the world’s superpower. They know they’re catching us in all those respects. They’re banking on the fact that we’re not going to do anything until they’re superior in all those respects,” Ratcliffe said.
“We don’t ever want to be in a position where we’re looking up at China. And all of the plans that they have, all of the initiatives made in China, the digital Silk Road, Belt, and Road Initiative—those are all thin veneers and facades for which Chi [the CCP] is going around the world and essentially gaining the influence, power to become the world superpower and supplant the United States in that role,” he added.
Ratcliffe’s comments follow a Wall Street Journal op-ed where he called the CCP “the greatest threat to America.”
“The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily, and technologically,” he wrote. “Many of China’s major public initiatives and prominent companies offer only a layer of camouflage to the activities of the Chinese Communist Party.”
The warning from Ratcliffe is clear, “Beijing is preparing for an open-ended period of confrontation with the U.S. Washington should also be prepared,” he said. “Leaders must work across partisan divides to understand the threat, speak about it openly, and take action to address it.”
“This generation will be judged by its response to China’s effort to reshape the world in its own image and replace America as the dominant superpower,” he continued. “The intelligence is clear. Our response must be as well.”
Ratcliffe wrote, “There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing’s pursuit of power.”