By Judith Bergman
New research done by Follow the Money, a Dutch platform for investigative journalism, and ten other European media outlets, found that European scientists have “shared militarily sensitive knowledge with the Chinese army on a large scale.”
The project, known as the China Science Investigation, collected a staggering 353,000 scientific collaborations between Europe and China and found that, of these, 2,994 have taken place with the Chinese military, defined as, “studies where scientists from Western European universities collaborated with Chinese colleagues directly linked to an institute that is part of the Chinese army.”
Moreover, for the past ten years, these collaborations had also increased all throughout Europe. According to Deutsche Welle, nearly half of the scientific 2,994 collaborations that the China Science Investigation evaluated were published by scientists affiliated with China’s elite National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) at universities in the United Kingdom, followed by the Netherlands and Germany. The NUDT’s explicit purpose is to “strengthen the armed forces and the nation.”
“It [NUDT] is the top institution of the People’s Liberation Army, which among other things is known for its research into supercomputers and hypersonic missiles,” noted Rebecca Arcesati, a researcher at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (Merics) in Germany. “The fact that this particular university is so actively engaged in research collaborations in Europe should cause the warning lights to flash.” In Germany alone, at least 230 research articles were published from 2000 through early 2022 in which Chinese military researchers had collaborated with German research institutions.
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