- The Washington Post has uncovered evidence of more than 300 sales of U.S.-origin technology to dozens of entities involved in China’s hypersonic missiles
- Investigators analyzed records dating back to 2019, and found out the sales – often through intermediaries – were carried out by almost 50 firms
- Under U.S. law, companies cannot sell technology to China for the use in their missile programs, and saying they were unaware is no shield
- Analysts say that the controls need to be tightened up, noting that the U.S. and China are involved in a hypersonic arms race
American firms funded by the Pentagon are selling their technology to Chinese companies involved in hypersonic missiles, according to a new analysis.
Under U.S. law, the sale of American products to China is banned if there is knowledge or even reasonable suspicion that they will be used for developing a missile.
Yet an investigation by The Washington Post, published on Monday, found numerous examples of U.S. firms supplying Chinese entities with their software or equipment – often with the use of middlemen.
The Washington Post uncovered evidence of more than 300 sales since 2019 of U.S.-origin technology to dozens of entities involved in China’s hypersonics or missile programs, carried out by almost 50 firms.
Even more concerning, analysts said, was many of the U.S. firms were frequently funded by the Pentagon and working with the U.S. military, while selling the sought-after goods and programs to Chinese companies.
‘It’s very disturbing, because the bottom line is that technology that can be used for military hypersonics was funded by U.S. taxpayers, through the U.S. government, and ended up in China,’ said Iain Boyd, director of the Center for National Security Initiatives at the University of Colorado at Boulder, speaking to The Post.
One of the companies was Arizona-based Zona Technology, which sold technology through resellers to the Chinese Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA).
The academy, CAAA, was highly involved in the 2021 test.
Zona Technology has contracts for research and development services with the U.S. Air Force and received $31.6 million in grants from the Pentagon’s Small Business Innovation Research program (SBIR).
Ping-Chih Chen, the chief executive of Zona Technology, said he had no knowledge of a sale of its aeroelasticity simulation software — a type of aerodynamics software — directly to CAAA, but said they had sold to another company that according to sales contracts then passed it on to CAAA.
Zona’s China distributor, Jon Ding, said he licensed Zona software to a Beijing-based firm, Hifar, in 2019.
Ding told The Washington Post that he trusted his clients would not violate the rules, and so did not check whether the technology was being sold on.
‘I didn’t, because they promised me and I trust them, so I don’t do this kind of tracking,’ he said, adding that he warned Hifar not to sell to restricted groups.
More at: DailyMail.uk.co
U.S. Military Bases Sell Chinese Govt-Made Smart Devices With Privacy Policies Stating Data Can Be Sent to China
The United States government is actively selling potential surveillance devices to American military personnel and families on military bases that are directly manufactured by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), The National Pulse can reveal.
Chinese-made smart televisions in the homes of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and their families, as well as millions of other Americans, could be collecting massive amounts of personal and technical data and transmitting it back to CCP affiliates in mainland China.
Two brands of smart television primarily sold in the U.S. – TCL and Hisense – have drawn recent scrutiny. According to The National Interest, “Both TCL and Hisense are Chinese government state-owned enterprises that are under the control of the Qingdao and Guangdong governments, respectively.” SEC filings show that TCL is owned specifically by the Huizhou Municipal Government in China’s Guangdong province.
The website of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service – the U.S. Department of Defense’s largest retailer on military installations worldwide – lists four TCL smart TV models and 14 Hisense models for sale on its website. The Exchange, as it is called for short, is overseen by a Board of Directors that report to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force.
Likewise, the Navy Exchange Service Command lists eight Hisense TVs and three Hisense Bluetooth sound bars for sale on their website. The fine print at the bottom of the web page notes that it is an “Official U.S. Navy Web Site.” It also sells products to the U.S. Marine Corps.
‘Weaponized Military Application’
Upon piecing together reports of Chinese technical capabilities and ongoing surveillance programs being run by the Chinese Communist Party, the potential scope of Chinese government surveillance goes far beyond anything previously reported.
As with the popular Chinese app TikTok – recently called a “weaponized military application” due to all of the data that is collected by the app – smart televisions pose a similar threat to user privacy. Brands like Hisense, TCL, and Skyworth are amongst the best selling televisions in the United States. A search of Walmart.com, the web store of the nation’s largest retailer, shows Hisense and TCL among the best-selling brands of smart TVs they offer. Statista shows that in 2021, Chinese brands TCL, Hisense, Xiaomi, and Skyworth comprised 29.5 percent of the global television market sales volume.
The Chinese state manufactured devices also have the capability to collect significant amounts of personal information for transmission. What’s more, the manufacturers scarcely hide it.
More at: TheNationalPulse.com
Report: Retired US Military Brass Working for Saudis, Others
Hundreds of retired U.S. military personnel, including generals and admirals, are working for foreign governments, including in places like Saudi Arabia that are known for their politically repressive regimes and human rights abuses, a Washington Post investigation reveals.
Since 2016, 15 retired U.S. generals and admirals have earned paychecks for the Saudi Defense Ministry, led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who American intelligence officials say approved of the assassination of Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
According to documents obtained under a Freedom of Information act request, some of the paid advisers have included retired Marine Gen. James L. Jones, a national security adviser to President Barack Obama, and retired Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who led the National Security Agency under Obama and President George W. Bush.
Most of the retired personnel working in other countries have drawn pay for working as civilian contractors for Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and other Middle East monarchy regimes, and have played a vital role in improving those countries’ military forces.
They include a former general who commanded U.S. troops in Afghanistan, as well as one retired four-star Air Force general.
Hiring Americans as lobbyists, political consultants and more is not unusual for foreign governments, but over the past 10 years, Persian Gulf monarchies have sought out retired military personnel while increasing their defense spending.
Retired military personnel and reservists are permitted to work for foreign governments but must first get approval from their branch of the military and the State Department, according to Congress, but the information was withheld for years from the public about the practice.
More at: Newsmax.com
CDC spends $85 million on grant program requiring schools to allow LGBT clubs
Public records show that a major grant program requires schools that receive the funding to allow LGBT clubs and policies.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) spent $85 million on a 5-year grant program which compels schools to increase their support for LGBT ideology. According to a notice of funding report put out by the organization, recipients could be granted between $12,000 and $350,000 from 2018-2023.
More at: LifeSiteNews.com