Senator Cotton is right. China has been stealing our technology secrets for years. There’s no reason to give their students an advantage in our universities just so they can go back home & compete with Americans. Of course, those on the left were quick to call him a “racist” because of his suggestion.
“Sunday, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) said, based on the past, the Chinese government was likely still attempting to steal intellectual property from the United States, including a coronavirus vaccine.
“[T]he Chinese Communist Party has been stealing America’s intellectual property for decades, and they aren’t going to magically stop in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “In almost every state in the union, there are active cases against Chinese nationals. In Arkansas, for instance, they are accused of having stolen proprietary genomes of our farmers in East Arkansas. But in the middle of a pandemic, what’s the most valuable intellectual property in the world? It’s the research that our great laboratories and life science companies are doing on prophylactic drugs, therapeutic drugs, and ultimately a vaccine. So I have little doubt that the Chinese intelligence services are actively trying to steal America’s intellectual property as it relates to the virus that they unleashed on the world, because, of course, they want to be the country that claims credit for finding those drugs or finding a vaccine, and then use it as leverage against the rest of the world.”
Cotton told FNC’s Maria Bartiromo a “very hard look” should be taken at Chinese Nationals coming to the United States to study in specific fields.
“[I]t’s a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese Communist Party’s brightest minds to go back to China to compete for our jobs, to take our business, and ultimately to steal our property and design weapons and other devices that can be used against the American people. So, I think we need to take a very hard look at the visas that we give the Chinese nationals to come to the United States to study, especially at the post-graduate level in advanced scientific and technological fields. If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, that’s what they need to learn from America. They don’t need to learn quantum computing and artificial intelligence from America.””
Here are a few of the liberal responses:
The way racist GOP Senators like Tom Cotton wage war against science and technology, it may not be Chinese students coming to the United States to study quantum computing and artificial intelligence. Soon it may be the other way around, which would be a disaster for our country.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 26, 2020
Tom Cotton might be a dangerous authoritarian crypto-fascist hypocrite warmonger but at least he’s smart enough to appreciate a great American like Shakespeare. https://t.co/ioITG5llg0
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) April 26, 2020
Just last year, Chinese-American Xuehua Peng was arrested for delivering American national security information to the Chinese government. A Chinese government employee, Zhongsan Liu, was also arrested in 2019 on visa fraud charges for trying to “recruit top U.S. talent to benefit the government of China.”
Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division John C. Demers said of Liu’s arrest:
“We welcome foreign students and researchers, including from China, but we do not welcome visa fraud — especially on behalf of a government. “We will continue to confront Chinese government attempts to subvert American law to advance its own interests in diverting U.S. research and know-how to China.”
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