17:01 200 British scholars involved in helping China manufacture weapons of mass destruction under investigation

On October 1, 2019, the Chinese land-based intercontinental ballistic missile

On October 1, 2019, the Chinese land-based intercontinental ballistic missile “Dongfeng-41” made its debut at the Tiananmen Square parade. (AFP information photo)

2021/02/08 17:01

[Compiling Chen Chengliang/Comprehensive Report]British media revealed on the 7th that as many as 200 British scholars are under investigation for allegedly helping China manufacture weapons of mass destruction. If the evidence is conclusive, these people face up to 10 years in prison.

The Times quoted an unnamed source as reporting that the UK Ministry of Finance and Customs are preparing to issue law enforcement notices to as many as 200 people working in more than a dozen universities, stating that these scholars may have violated without their knowledge. “Export Control Order 2008.” The law aims to prevent the transfer of highly sensitive intellectual property to hostile countries. If it is confirmed that the control order is violated, these people can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

According to the “Daily Mail” report, the British security department is worried that these studies may help Beijing develop weapons of mass destruction and be used to suppress political dissidents and ethnic minorities, including Uyghurs. Therefore, the British Foreign Office Intelligence officers were seconded from MI6 (the British Secret Intelligence Service) to initiate the above investigation.

The surveyed universities may include internationally renowned universities. However, the British Ministry of Defence agreed that the names of these universities will not be exposed during this national security investigation.

According to the report, these experts and scholars may have accidentally touched the French Open without knowing it, because China is good at stealing technology through seemingly harmless channels such as visiting scholars and state-owned enterprises under the banner of academic exchanges.

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