Although several entities linked to the army of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are harming the United States, the universities have not stopped receiving its money from which they hide billions, according to federal records.
Thus, during the last six years, some American universities have received at least $88 million from agencies that perpetrated cyberattacks on the country, in addition to stealing industrial and military secrets, putting national security at risk, reported The Washington Free Beacon on Jan. 11.
Universities received $315 million from institutions linked to the CCP, 27% were army contractors or public universities in charge of defense research.
The senior director of the Project 2049 Institutes think tank, Ian Easton, said that CCP donations to universities constitute a serious national security threat.
“It is imperative that the U.S. government dams up the torrent of CCP-linked money currently flowing into our education system. For U.S. national security, the implications of a continuation of the current arrangement are grave,” Easton told The Washington Free Beacon.
However, the traffic of Chinese influence on U.S. campuses appears to be much greater.
An Education Department audit found that universities concealed more than $6.5 billion in foreign funds received from China and other countries in recent years.
Three of the cases are cited where donor organizations illegally obtained U.S. research products, or attacked the country’s cyber infrastructure.
One of these is Wuhan University, from which several cyberattacks departed, but which is associated with Duke University in the operation of a university campus in that city.
The China Aviation Industry Corporation, which used stolen designs of American F-35 fighter planes to reproduce planes for the CCP, contributed $4 million to Northwestern University and the University of California Irvine.
In the medical field, Zhejiang University funded $28 million to the universities of Pennsylvania and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after receiving details of stolen cancer research by a Chinese researcher.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, has seriously warned of the risk of CCP interference in the country, in all fields of activity, and in particular in education.
“The lesson I think that we can take away from this is clear. It’s that the Chinese Communist Party wants what we have, and they will do whatever they must do to take it and get it. They will steal our stuff. They will pressure critics of the Chinese Communist Party to keep quiet. They will do whatever it takes,” Pompeo said in part of a speech in Atlanta, on Dec. 9.
He added, “It’s important to come and talk with the American people about this because Americans must know how the Chinese Communist Party is poisoning the well of our higher education institutions for its own ends, and how those actions degrade our freedoms and American national security.”
And he emphasized, “If we don’t educate ourselves, if we’re not honest about what’s taking place, we’ll get schooled by Beijing.”