Gates Foundation funds China to recruit foreign scientists

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides financial assistance to the Ministry of Science and Technology of China in its attempt to attract foreign scientists to the country, the National Pulse reported.

The grant

The $100,000 grant was used to organize a forum on “pandemic preparedness and response,” which would focus on “mobilizing resources to improve global health and support disadvantaged populations who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic,” the organization said. website.

The funds were sent to the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s Foreign Talent Research Center in June.

The event was to be hosted by Zhongguancun Forumthe China Platform for Promoting International Cooperation in Science and Technology sponsored by the Central Committee of China.

The forum hosted senior regime leaders as speakers, including regime leader Xi Jinping.

Warnings of the Chinese threat

The foundation’s pledge to support China’s scientific advancements came amid growing warnings of the threat the regime poses to the United States and the West.

Leaders of British and American intelligence agencies delivered a rare joint statement on July 6, warning that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the greatest threat to the international order.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the biggest challenge to the international order is the CCP, which seeks to undermine the United States, its allies and partners.

Meanwhile, MI5 Director General Ken McCallum detailed the threats posed by the CCP in terms of covert theft, forced technology transfers, research exploitation and cyberattacks that target virtually every industry. of the society.

US officials have also warned that the Chinese regime is using recruitment programs, such as the “Thousand Talents Plan”, to lure foreign scholars to work in China, a process that facilitates the transfer of technology and know-how to the country.

The Trump administration in 2018 launched the “China Initiativeto combat espionage and theft of trade secrets sponsored by the Chinese regime. The program has led to the prosecution of about 20 American scholars, mostly of Chinese descent, who allegedly concealed funding ties to Chinese institutions and state-backed recruitment plans.

The Biden Administration close the program in February amid criticism of the program as racial profiling. Thus, the chilling scientific exchanges between the United States and China have exploded.

Links with Beijing

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation opened its office in Beijing in 2007 and has since worked with the Chinese government on several national projects in the country, such as reported by CNN.

Over the past three decades, Gates has visited China at least “a dozen times”, forging friendly relations with its top leaders.

In 2015, Xi Jingpin met the Gates. Last year Xi wrote a letter to Gates, thanking him for his efforts in the fight against the virus that began in the country over which Xi presides.

“I deeply appreciate the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s act of generosity and your letter of solidarity to the Chinese people at such an important time,” the letter read.

It came after the foundation pledged to fund up to $100 million for the global bid to fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

The foundation then announced that it would allocate $20 million to organizations such as the World Health Organization, the American Centers for Disease Control and Protection, the National Health Commission of China and the Chinese Center for disease control and prevention.

Andrew Thornebrooke contributed to this report.

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Hannah Ng is a journalist covering news from the United States and China. She holds a master’s degree in international and development economics from the Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

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