ChinaJune 9 2022, 15:02 pm

‘China Science Investigation’ Reveals How European Scientists Are Contributing to China’s Rise as Technological and Military Superpower

An inter­na­tion­al research col­lec­tive led by Fol­low the Mon­ey, a Dutch plat­form for inves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ism, has recent­ly launched the “Chi­na Sci­ence Inves­ti­ga­tion” project which con­ducts research into sci­en­tif­ic col­lab­o­ra­tions and ties between Chi­nese sci­en­tists and Euro­pean knowl­edge insti­tu­tions. The Chi­na Sci­ence Inves­ti­ga­tion shows that Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a large scale with Chi­nese mil­i­tary insti­tutes, shar­ing mil­i­tar­i­ly sen­si­tive knowl­edge and help­ing Chi­na to build the world’s most mod­ern army. Accord­ing to a Fol­low the Money:

May 17, 2022 Chi­na wants to build the most pow­er­ful army in the world. They appear to be suc­ceed­ing – thanks to Euro­pean sci­en­tists, who are shar­ing mil­i­tar­i­ly sen­si­tive knowl­edge with the Chi­nese army on a large scale. This is the con­clu­sion of research done by Fol­low the Mon­ey and ten oth­er media out­lets from sev­en dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Near­ly three hun­dred of such sen­si­tive stud­ies were con­duct­ed in the Nether­lands. ‘Vital knowl­edge has already leaked. We’re fight­ing a rear­guard action.’ The inter­na­tion­al research col­lec­tive, led by the Dutch plat­form Fol­low the Mon­ey, with the sup­port of the Ger­man CORRECTIV, found a total of 2,994 sci­en­tif­ic pub­li­ca­tions on which sci­en­tists from Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties and Chi­nese mil­i­tary uni­ver­si­ties col­lab­o­rat­ed. Fol­low the Mon­ey col­lect­ed over 350,000 sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies and made them avail­able to 30 jour­nal­ists from 11 research desks in 7 coun­tries.  The Chi­na Sci­ence Inves­ti­ga­tion shows that Euro­pean uni­ver­si­ties are col­lab­o­rat­ing on a large scale with Chi­nese mil­i­tary insti­tutes. Most notably, this con­cerns the Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Defence Tech­nol­o­gy (NUDT), which is direct­ly over­seen by the Chi­nese Cen­tral Mil­i­tary Com­mis­sion, the author­i­tar­i­an state’s high­est nation­al defence body.  The con­sor­tium also found stud­ies done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Chi­nese Acad­e­my of Engi­neer­ing Physics, which focus­es on nuclear weapons. The stud­ies deal with mil­i­tar­i­ly sen­si­tive top­ics such as unmanned vehi­cles, radar tech­nol­o­gy, and arti­fi­cial intelligence.

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The report says that uni­ver­si­ties in the UK have con­duct­ed the most joint stud­ies with Chi­nese sci­en­tists, account­ing for almost half (1,389) of all sci­en­tif­ic arti­cles found. Ger­many is in sec­ond place with 349 arti­cles, fol­lowed by the Nether­lands (288) and Swe­den (230). The report argues that the Chi­nese research col­lab­o­ra­tions in mil­i­tar­i­ly sen­si­tive fields are part of a “well-thought-out strat­e­gy” as Chi­na wants to become the world’s main tech­no­log­i­cal, eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal, and mil­i­tary power.

The Chi­na Sci­ence inves­ti­ga­tion con­sists of eleven lead­ing Euro­pean news­pa­pers which will con­duct fur­ther research in the com­ing months and pub­lish more arti­cles. So far, more than 38 arti­cles have been pub­lished in Ger­many, Switzer­land, Bel­gium, Italy, Den­mark, and the Nether­lands. The Glob­al Influ­ence Oper­a­tions Report will close­ly mon­i­tor these developments.


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