USAF officer says China brags about stealing US military tech, they call it “picking flowers in the US to make honey in China”
The Chinese are known for reverse-engineering, but the amount of theft of US technology has become such a problem that the DoD is openly denouncing the Middle Kingdom for its copycat ways.
“China and the others are stealing our stuff, and it is causing the erosion of the lethality of the joint force,” said US Air Force Major T.E. Murphy, the current director of the Department of Defense’s Protecting Critical Technology Task Force.
While other countries are also stealing technology, it is China that steals the most in order to stay on par -or even get a leg up- when it comes to maintaining a technological edge with the US.
One way to defeat this is to increase cybersecurity, apply more scrutiny to employees who work with technologies that should remain “US-only.”
”China devotes significant resources at a national level to infiltrate our universities and our labs,” Murphy stated. “They are doing it for a reason. They’ve even coined the phrase, ‘Picking flowers in the US to make honey in China,’ which I would say perfectly illustrates their deliberate plan to steal R&D, knowhow, and technology to advance their military capability. They are not even hiding it.”
To Murphy, China is aggressive with business and tech theft, making them both a military and economic competitor that effectively “plays dirty” to stay neck-and-neck, occasionally breaking ahead.
“They [China] are unrelenting in hacking our businesses, both big and small. It’s no wonder why their stuff looks remarkably like ours,” he added. “Look at their airlifter and their newest fighter. It looks just like a C-17 and a F-35. That’s not a coincidence. We’ve unwittingly become the [research and development] base for adversary capabilities and for our strategic competitors.”
To make matters worse, companies that do business in China are required to work with the Chinese government. This includes major tech companies such as Google, which just so happens to be on the US Defense Innovation Advisory Board.
“The work that Google is doing in China […] is a direct benefit to the Chinese military,” said US Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joe Dunford back in March. “If a US company does business in China, they will automatically be required to have a cell of the Communist Party. That is going to lead to [that company’s] intellectual property going to the Chinese military.”
According to Sociable, the majority of Chinese industry is state-owned.
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