Another professor arrested for lying about ties to China

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This is beginning to be a weekly event: Today another professor, this time from Texas A&M, was arrested for lying in grant applications by not disclosing his university affiliations in China.

Professor Zhengdong Cheng, 53, is charged with conspiracy, making false statements and wire fraud. Cheng led a team conducting research for NASA while secretly working with China, according to federal investigators.

“Dr. Cheng is accused of hiding his affiliation with the Guangdong University of Technology, along with other foreign universities, while disregarding the rules established under his NASA contract during his employment at TAMU,” said FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner.

More and more it looks to me as if China cannot invent anything themselves, only update what they steal.


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  • pzatchok

    You have to think about this by now.

    Why is China sending scientists all over the world to work?

    And why are we letting foreigners work in sensitive areas and industries? Most other nations don’t let our scientists work in there sensitive industries. Could you see Russia or Iran letting US scientists into their rocket and nuclear research areas to work?
    Heck they wouldn’t even let the UN walk through and inspect them.

    Someone on our side has been paid off or we are just idiots.

  • LocalFluff

    The idea (publicly) in the 1980s/90s onward was that if we open up to China, then China as a country would open up, like Japan did after 1945. The difference, though, is that China hasn’t lost a war and been occupied. China today is more like Japan BEFORE the second world war. China still has the option to reform their foreign policy, start respecting international treaties and stop corporate espionage and immaterial thefts and political infiltration, stop being aggressive towards neighbors, tag down their naval ambitions. And the CCP could get away with keeping their domestic politics as it is. Japan had even more generous options, they could’ve been content with occupying only China and get away with it internationally.

    What China does next, I think, is mostly up to how Xi Jinping assesses his own position domestically. If a retreat would be seen by the party top (and the military) as a failure, it might be hard for him to accept that. Uniting China by invading Taiwan might look attractive to him. China is superior at sea (can invade all around Taiwan’s coasts) and in the air and has a huge landing capacity. They would win, but there would be lots of blood. And severe international repercussions.

    In 1941 the strange Japanese assumption was that if they make a successful raid against Pearl Harbor, they won’t have to deal with the US. The emperor to the generals:
    “- So the US did respond anyway. What’s the plan for this scenario?
    – It’s eeh, let me see now… mmm… I forget. And my dog ate the plans this morning.”

    A very similar blunder was committed by the military junta of Argentina in 1982 when they invaded the Falkland islands. They just assumed that the UK wouldn’t respond in kind and had no plans for that case. These are real quotes according to UK domestic policy historian professor Bogdanor. Thatcher to the Sea Lord:
    “- Can you retake the Falklands?
    – We can sail in 48 hours!
    – What will the Argentinian navy do when you get there?
    – They will sail to home port and stay there!”

    And they did precisely that! A UK submarine sank a cruiser, then all of the Argentinian navy went home before the UK surface ships arrived. The Argentinian head of navy was after the war taken to a military tribunal accused of cowardice (he was convicted for crimes against humanity, having murdered oppositionals, soon anyway as the junta fell, and sat in jail until death in 2019). But that was the wise thing to do, they stood no chance at all against the British navy, it would’ve been a one sided slaughter, like the Pacific war after late 1942. That is what would happen to the Chinese if they invade Taiwan, their new navy will all go down humiliatingly. One doesn’t play with the sea powers, that has never been a good idea. Only people from around the North Sea (now including the Anglo Saxon world) and the Eastern Mediterranean have ever been good at sea warfare. No one else, ever.

    That being said, the Argentinian air force was really good! In one raid they hit ships with 13 bombs, that didn’t detonate! Had they detonated, the rest of the UK navy would’ve sailed home and the war would’ve been over. They were dropped at too low altitude, they were made (in the UK!) to not detonate in that case, since the detonation could’ve damaged the aircraft itself. But it was a really daring and successful attack otherwise. I saw one sailor on a destroyer say that a 500 lbs ended up in the ships ammunition magazine undetonated. They quickly cut a hole in the deck, lifted it up and threw it overboard. The next minute they got orders from HQ in London, who had consulted bomb disarmament experts, to under no circumstances touch the bomb!

    Luckily, US air forces are safely superior.

  • wayne

    If Dr. Cheng were to be rendered to sunny Cuba and repeatedly interrogated to within an inch of his life, I wouldn’t object a whole lot.

    Hans Hermann Hoppe:
    “Bad Neighbors & Physical Removal”
    [so to speak…]

  • Tom Billings

    “More and more it looks to me as if China cannot invent anything themselves, only update what they steal.”

    Perhaps more precise to say that, like the USSR, the Party nomenklatura trusts Ministry of State Security to get their wants. They want this *before* an intolerably uncontrollable free-thinker invents it, and makes himself indispensable. They *don’t* want another Sakharov!

    That refusal actively steers the society away from the things that even Deng Xiao Ping never endorsed, and Xi Jinping has denounced to Party Cadres. These are things like Civil Society, intellectual freedom, religious freedom, and all the other things that we expected China would accept because they allowed some market activity, while keeping “The Party” in control. China is now moving away from market allocation of resources, specifically to ensure the control by the Party.

  • David M. Cook

    My question is, what happens to these guys? Are they facing jail time? Fines? Deportation? Any of the above? What became of Diane Finestein‘s office manager for 19 years, after he was identified as a CCP spy? These people need to be treated as military spies!

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