China recruited US scientists from top nuclear research lab

A new intelligence report claimed that over 150 Chinese scientists who worked on government-sponsored research at the United States national security laboratory for over 20 years helped China advance its military technology. 

According to the report of Strider Technologies, the Chinese government strategically positioned Chinese scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a United States Department of Energy national laboratory initially organized during World War II for the design of nuclear weapons.

The Strider report said that China lured many of those scientists back to China to help advance the creation of hypersonic missiles, deep-earth-penetrating warheads, drones, and quiet submarines.  

“We have benefited enormously from the inflow of Chinese talent, and I hope that we can continue to do that — it is essential to the United States. But China is now developing weapons systems, capabilities, doctrines and, frankly, attitudes toward its own power that means we have to go back to the drawing board in some of these areas,” said Robert Daly, a China expert at the Wilson Center, a congressionally chartered nonpartisan research institute. 

The Chinese “talent program” pays about $1 million to each Chinese scientist recruit that would return to China. 

The talent transfer “poses a direct threat to U.S. national security. China is playing a game that we are not prepared for, and we need to really begin to mobilize,” said Greg Levesque, a co-founder of Strider and the lead author of the report. 

The Strider report also said that 15 veterans of Los Alamos occupy top positions, including the president, at China’s Southern University of Science and Technology, known as SUStech, which made major contributions to China’s hypersonic missile program. 

“No one can say this is not a national security issue,” said Bill Evanina, a former U.S. top counterintelligence official. 


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