The United States is training Chinese scientists, who then bleed America of vital biotechnology on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), according to Lawrence Sellin Ph.D., a retired U.S. Army reserve colonel and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.
In an opinion article published on The Gateway Pundit, Sellin—who had a civilian career in international business and medical research—described that U.S. research laboratories are de facto extensions of the CCP’s fused military-civilian research program. In another way, the CCP is colonizing U.S. research programs.
Through a process called “scientific chain migration,” there has been a massive infiltration of U.S. research laboratories by successive waves of scientists from China, many of whom came from China’s People’s Liberation Army.
The scientific chain migration was initiated in 1979 when U.S. President Jimmy Carter and the CCP leader Deng Xiaoping signed an agreement for science and technology exchange of which the China–U.S. Biochemistry Examination and Application (CUSBEA) program was a cornerstone. Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama expanded the program.
The CUSBEA program involved over 60 U.S. universities. Soon afterward, thousands of Chinese students and scholars began flooding into the United States, many obtaining permanent positions and becoming U.S. citizens but maintaining allegiance to the CCP.
Xiaodong Wang is one such scientist. Born in Wuhan, Wang obtained a B.S. degree in biology from Beijing Normal University in 1985. He received the CUSBEA awards, through which he received a Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Wang subsequently rose to become Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center and was elected a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
In 2006, Wang received the $1 million Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine given under the auspices of Sir Run Run Shaw, a Hong Kong film producer and chairman of Television Broadcasts Limited, the largest Chinese program producer globally. In 2010, he became Director of the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing.
Featured on Chinese national television, Wang was identified as a CCP “Thousand Talents Program” scientist and was personally welcomed back to China by Yuanchao Li, Head of the Organization Department of the CCP, who later became Vice President of China in 2013.
But not all Chinese scientists working in the U.S. have fared so well in their links to the CCP.
The FBI this year investigated Yijun Ruan, a Jackson Laboratory scientist, for failing to disclose financial affiliations with Chinese research institutions when requesting grant funding from the U.S. government.
Ruan was listed as the primary investigator on 17 Jackson Laboratory research projects that received more than $15 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health from 2014 through 2020.
But the Jackson Laboratory, the world’s source for more than 8,000 strains of genetically defined mice, has been aggressively pursuing collaborative relationships with institutions in China but got burned in the process. The laboratory filed a suit in 2017, alleging that Nanjing University was stealing its technology, breeding and reselling a strain of mice that it had developed.
Xiang Gao is another example. He is a CCP scientist involved in the transfer of vital American biotechnology to China and the use of that biotechnology in China’s biowarfare program.
Gao, who was trained at the Jackson Laboratory, reproduced a “Jackson Laboratory” at Nanjing University as its Director of the Institute of Model Animals. But he also formed a Chinese company, GemPharmatech, which directly competes with The Jackson Laboratory in the U.S.
So these are some of the CCP’s scientists—trained in the U.S. but who then bleed America of vital biotechnology.