As reported by The Telegraph, scientists from at least 33 universities in the UK have been working with Chinese military researchers on the development of nuclear weapons.
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Top scholars, including those at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh and Manchester, are believed to have worked alongside researchers at China’s leading nuclear weapons research institute. , Chinese Academy of Physics and Engineering (CAEP).
According to The Telegraph, scholars from at least 33 universities in the UK have published articles alongside Chinese researchers at CAEP or its subsidiaries. Some British scientists are said to have even accepted positions at this Chinese institution.
The CAEP and its subordinate organizations were both put on the list of sanctions by the United States for their involvement in the communist regime’s nuclear arsenal and advanced weapons technologies. The CAEP and its subsidiaries are now under the oversight of the Central Military Council of China, chaired by Xi Jinping.
The report asserts that British taxpayers may in fact be inadvertently funding Beijing’s weapons programs, as many joint projects between British and Chinese researchers have taken advantage of the grants. of the UK government and taxpayer-financed institutions.
This includes the use of the UK’s national supercomputer, known as the ARCHER, as well as the Diamond Light Source, a £ 260 million particle accelerator.
The report claims that scholars at the University of Edinburgh, Queen Mary College London and the University of Cambridge are all engaged in the CAEP laboratory to study “shock waves and detonations in physics”.
The Australian Institute of Strategic Policy says the four main goals of the CAEP are “Nuclear weapons; study of microwaves and lasers for fusion ignition and energy-oriented weapons; research on technologies related to conventional weapons; and deepen military-civilian unity. ”
The Australian defense team claims that CAEP is looking to expand “Its international presence to attract top talent to assist China in developing nuclear weapons”.
All universities say their research is consistent with UK law and that these projects are not for military use.
However, former State Department official Charles Parton said: “Working with a nuclear weapons development institute is a very bad idea.”
The Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British House of Representatives, Tom Tugendhat, said: “Some universities clearly don’t get to know their partner enough, leading them to be accused of colluding with hostile countries, violating human rights and undermining the security of the UK.”
“Obviously they need to be aware of their responsibilities, but the government also has an essential role to play in ensuring that they are aware of the consequences of these partnerships.”
British universities are increasingly under scrutiny for their relationship with the Communist Party of China, with MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) believed to be investigating “some of the best-known universities. domestic “because of the potential to violate national security laws through their cooperation with Chinese weapons developers.
About 200 British scholars are also under investigation for allegedly sharing military technology with the communist regime.
One of the professors named in the latest CAEP-related investigation is Professor Simon Redfern, former head of the Department of Earth Science at Cambridge University, currently based in Singapore.
In 2016, Mr. Redfern took on the role of visiting professor with CAEP subsidiary “HPSTAR”, going on to publish 15 articles with Chinese researchers, while he was still serving two Scientific agency of the British government and receiving public funding for his work.
Professor Redfern was also awarded the prize from China’s “Thousand Talents” scheme, a program associated with stealing sensitive technologies around the world, especially in the US.
In the US, former Harvard professor Charles Lieber was indicted last year for not disclosing his financial relationship with Wuhan University of Technology, as part of a “Thousand Talents” scheme.
The author of the report from Civitas on the relationship between British universities and the Chinese state, Radomir Tylecote, has described the latest findings as a “major national scandal” and continues to call for major The British government created a list of US-style sanctions to prevent the partnership from continuing in the future.
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