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Global Awareness - Notice 10             January 30, 2002

China: Journals Urge Use of Overseas Scientists for Technology Transfer

JANUARY 29, 2002
Two authoritative PRC science and technology (S&T) policy journals, recommend that China ramp up its use of ethnic Chinese scientists abroad to transfer foreign technology in support of Beijing's efforts to improve its "strategic status."  One article from the journals specifically endorses tasking these scientists with research of interest to Beijing, and maintaining secrecy through the use of intermediaries and third countries.  The article recommends that "more opportunities and conduits be provided" for use in policy planning and in building a "high-level information bridge" between Chinese scientists abroad and their PRC counterparts.

A second article recommends providing financial support for "recruiting and utilizing overseas S&T-qualified personnel" and for sponsoring various types of activities for overseas Chinese S&T associations abroad, such as opening dedicated high-tech zones and "recruiting overseas Chinese scientists to start businesses."  The journal also recommends that intellectual property rights and US export restrictions be bypassed through the use of a "multi-technology enterprise strategy" and by channeling restricted technology through Canada and Mexico.


Dual Use Technology Exports to China Continue Unabated

JANUARY 28, 2002
Despite official U.S. monitoring of the export of sensitive electronic equipment to China, the communist regime in Beijing still manages to acquire as much American technology as it needs to modernize its armed forces, which pose an increasing threat to the United States and its allies, China experts said.

Media attention to the export to China of dual use technology has been eclipsed by the events of Sept. 11 but China has not changed its fundamentally hostile stance toward the United States.  Beijing continues to build and aim missiles at the United States, and harbors ambitions to become a regional superpower, threatening U.S. allies.

Boeing is training Chinese engineers in the manufacture of parts for U.S. planes at facilities in China where the Chinese are building military aircraft.  Honeywell and other high-tech companies bring Chinese engineers to the United States to train them in the manufacture of electronics and aircraft parts, he said.  Although the United States closely monitors high-tech exports to China most export license requests are approved.  The People's Republic of China accounts for 12 percent of all the export licenses handled by the Commerce Department.