As Chinese media Da Ji Yuan reported on Feb. 8, the Chinese government is developing the world’s largest biological database.
In its bid to dominate the economy, the Chinese government is building a vast database of medical, health, and genetic information on people worldwide, including Americans.
The Chinese government seeks the help of private companies to help collect genetic data. This data could be combined with top-notch military supercomputing power to discover genetic weaknesses in the population. Biological weapons targeting these weaknesses could then be developed. As part of Beijing’s civil-military integration policy, Chinese scientists and the military have been conducting research in areas such as brain science, gene editing, and the creation of artificial genomes.
BGI Group, formerly known as the Beijing Genomics Institute, is the leader of the Chinese regime’s genome program and one of the main producers of COVID-19 tests. BGI operates the world’s largest pig cloning program. After manipulating the DNA of several generations of pigs to produce smaller or larger pigs, more susceptible to certain diseases or less susceptible to others. China is focusing on the ability to produce “super soldiers. Ongoing projects include BGI’s attempt to make Han soldiers less susceptible to altitude sickness.
The four BGI researchers are affiliated with the National University of Defence Technology (NUDT), a subsidiary of China’s Central Military Commission. The United States has blacklisted NUDT as a threat to national security.
BGI proposed establishing a COVID testing facility in the United States in 2021. However, U.S. security officials have warned that because the swabs contain genetic material, the testing centers will allow China to access Americans’ DNA.
No state in the United States has agreed. However, according to Mike Orlando, a director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), at least 18 additional countries have permitted BGI to set up testing labs. In addition, 180 countries have received BGI genetic test kits.
Human rights groups say China uses the data for national security purposes, such as identifying and tracking Uighur Muslims. In addition, Chinese police are trying to collect DNA samples from China’s 700 million men to track future criminals.
Familial pedigree testing is another way the Chinese government obtains DNA from Americans. The U.S. military is warning Army soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines to avoid contact with companies such as AncestryDNA and 23andMe, which have ties to China. Bill Evanina, former director of the U.S. National Counterintelligence and Security Center said an estimated 50 million Americans have paid for saliva testing for DNA family lineage.
Since 2013, BGI has acquired U.S.-based genomic companies and has multiple partnerships with U.S. companies involved in gene sequencing. In each of these arrangements, BGI has access to genetic data; all data obtained by Chinese companies, even if they are abroad, must be transferred to the Chinese government upon request.
Last year, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) prevented a Chinese company from buying a fertility clinic near six U.S. military facilities in California. The concern is that the Chinese government has access to the genetic data of U.S. soldiers and their unborn children.