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Congressional China report details alarming military tech theft, war preparations

Military salute at the Chinese flag during the opening ceremony of the 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou on Sept. 23.
FPI / November 15, 2023


One day before President Joe Biden was set to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in San Francisco, a U.S. congressional panels said the Biden team has little to show from a series of meetings between senior leaders in recent months which attempted to moderate Beijing’s policies.

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, in a 753-page report to Congress, pointed to an alarming list of indicators that the communist regime in Beijing is preparing for war with the United States.

A preview of the report, which is due to be released later this month, listed clear signs that Chinese leader Xi Jinping and his top military leaders are “taking preliminary but limited steps to enable effective war mobilization.”

Among the steps are regulations that will enable the faster call-up of military reservists and the conscription of additional troops from retired People’s Liberation Army soldiers. PLA recruiters also are picking up students with science and engineering backgrounds for military cyberdefense and space warfare units, the report said.

Since last last year, China has opened new military recruitment centers and air raid shelters are being upgraded.

In a sign that Beijing is preparing for casualties from a coming conflict, a “wartime emergency hospital has been set up in Fujian Province, across the 100-mile-wide Taiwan Strait from Taiwan,” the report said.

The report noted that Chinese security and intelligence services have stepped up targeting social media platforms such as Facebook, X, TikTok, and YouTube.

The report also examines the Chinese military’s development of advanced weaponry, much which has been developed with the assistance of the theft of American technology.

Among the U.S. weapons systems stolen and now incorporated into Chinese weapons are the Aegis ballistic missile defense system, the F-35 jet, the Littoral Combat Ship, and electromagnetic railguns.

F-22 fighter features were also incorporated into China’s J-20 fighter, and the J-31 jet also appears based on stolen F-35 technology. China’s Caihong unmanned aerial vehicle appears to have been built with stolen designs from the U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone.

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