China steals US designs for new weapons, and it's getting away with 'the greatest intellectual property theft in human history'

Business Insider Automobile 1 month ago
  • US officials have repeatedly warned about China's increasingly sophisticated military technology and about China's habit of lifting that technology from elsewhere.
  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper recently warned that China was perpetrating the "greatest intellectual property theft in human history," just days after retired Navy Adm. William McRaven said China's growing technological capabilities should be a "holy s--- moment" for the US.
  • But technological prowess is only one part of military dominance, and there are other areas where China is lacking.
  • Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories.

China's intellectual property theft of both civil and military information is no secret.

From alleged attempts to hack into Swedish telecom provider Ericsson to the theft of information related to the F-22 and F-35, there are several instances of China gaining access to foreign technology or trying to do so.

There are also examples of Chinese military systems looking suspiciously like US systems — the F-22 and the MQ-9 Reaper drone among them. Other elements of those Chinese systems — the software, technology, and manpower used to operate them — aren't on par with the US military yet.

But they might not be far behind, according to Defense Secretary Mark Esper. At the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Summit on Thursday, he warned that China is perpetrating "the greatest intellectual property theft in human history."

Esper told attendees that he had cautioned European allies against allowing Chinese companies to build 5G cyber networks in their countries, warning that to do so would risk sensitive national security information.

"Every Chinese company has the potential to be an accomplice in Beijing's state-sponsored campaign to steal technology," he said, highlighting China's integration of civil and military technology, an area in which Beijing surpasses the US.

"China has systematically sought to acquire US technology both through traditional espionage means, as well as through legal investments in companies," Daniel Kliman, director of the the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security, told Insider. 

"The United States very much still retains a military technological edge, but it's clear that edge is eroding," Kliman said.

Read on to see how China's carbon copies stack up to US weapons systems. 

The PLA's J-20 looks extremely similar to the US Air Force's F-22 Raptor.

The Chinese Shenyang J-31 is strikingly similar to the US F-35.

The Caihong-class unmanned aerial vehicle, including the CH-4 and CH-5, look unmistakably like US MQ-9 Reaper drones.

The Chinese air force's Y-20 transport aircraft has design similarities to the US Air Force's C-17 Globemaster III.

Where does China go from here?


Source link
Read also:
Fox News › Politics › 4 days ago
Two senior Republican senators sent a letter to President Trump this week urging him to take a tougher stance against China on intellectual property theft and Chinese wireless companies’ refusal to pay licensing fees to U.S. technology developers.
Forbes › Finance › 3 weeks ago
The legal dispute between HouseCanary and Amrock over the supposed theft of intellectual property despite a paucity of evidence supporting the accusation could have a chilling effect on the eagerness of investors or established companies to partner...
Washington Examiner › 2 weeks ago
White House officials welcomed new intellectual property protections unveiled by China, claiming they represent a victory for President Trump’s tough trade line and work by his chief science adviser to protect research secrets.
The New York Times › Finance › 2 weeks ago
An initial pact on U.S-China trade will include much of a scrapped May deal's agreement regarding intellectual property and will target enforcement mechanisms, White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Thursday, adding that he hopes the Chinese...
One America News Network › Finance › 2 weeks ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An initial pact on U.S-China trade will include much of a scrapped May deal's agreement regarding intellectual property and will target enforcement mechanisms, White House trade
Reuters › Finance › 2 weeks ago
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the Trump administration is aiming to complete a 'Phase 1' deal with China on agricultural purchases next month in Chile and move on to tackle intellectual property theft issues dividing the world's...
The New York Times › Finance › 2 weeks ago
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Tuesday that the Trump administration is aiming to complete a 'Phase 1' deal with China on agricultural purchases next month in Chile and move on to tackle intellectual property theft issues dividing the world's...
The Boston Globe › 2 weeks ago
EU’s Sakharov human rights prize awarded to jailed Uighur intellectual, likely angering China
One America News Network › Finance › 1 week ago
(Reuters) - Fosun Tourism Group on Friday said it will acquire the intellectual property assets of Thomas Cook Group Plc for 11 million pounds ($14.25 million).
Express › 2 weeks ago
INTELLIGENCE chiefs have warned British universities about their reliance on Chinese students and funding, as fears grow over state theft of research and intellectual property from campuses.
Sign In

Sign in to follow sources and tags you love, and get personalized stories.

Continue with Google
OR