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ICYMI: Rubio: Stop Federal Grants from Strengthening Communist China

Jul 8, 2024 | Comunicados de Prensa

Stop Federal Grants from Strengthening Communist China

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

July 7, 2024

National Interest

…New unclassified analysis provided to my office by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) reveals that, for decades, U.S. taxpayers have been unwittingly funding thousands of Chinese experiments with direct applications to the Chinese military. There have been more than 5,000 instances of research collaboration between the DoD’s funding agencies and Chinese entities in the last five years alone….

To be perfectly clear, these are far from merely academic experiments. They have focused on eavesdropping, stealth technology, underwater acoustics, explosives, semiconductors, cryptography, cybersecurity, and data mining, to name just a few topics. Such research, facilitated by our own government, may have already given Beijing an edge in key areas of 21st century warfare.

This research is also problematic on human rights grounds. For more than a decade, the DoD has supported scientists who have partnered with…companies [that] are complicit in Beijing’s mass surveillance programs and systematic oppression of the Chinese people, including the genocide of the Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious groups….

China now has nearly unfettered access to America’s fundamental research due to a lack of prohibitions in grant language pertaining to co-authorship and collaboration. NCIS deserves credit for its analysis, but at the same time, it reveals only a small sample of the problematic studies that the DoD and other U.S. funding agencies have made possible….

U.S. Representative Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) and I are preparing to introduce new legislation, the FORTIFY U.S. Research Act, to safeguard taxpayer-funded research and close loopholes that have enabled our adversaries to exploit it…. New legislation is hard to pass and enact, especially during a presidential election year, but this is what the nation requires to prevent government incompetence from jeopardizing our security….

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