Posted On: Tuesday - June 2nd 2020 7:23PM MST
In Topics:   University  Trump  China
From what I follow on VDare of his immigration promises and inaction on the same, President Trump bats about a .100. That is, it seems that only 10% of his threats to the open borders crowd, i.e., promises to Americans, get past whatever roadblocks or just our realizations that the man is mostly a bullshitter, to get set in place.
The latest threat, i.e. promise to us, comes from a Chinese source, at least for me. The news is probably out there, but in China the folks who are interested in America know that a new program will be the kicking out of about 3,000 graduate students from programs at American universities. If you're not familiar, though "students", in graduate school, these people mostly do research. Graduate students used to split their time among their own studies, research, and teaching (with research and teaching alternating in some fashion). In the case of the Chinese graduate students, it's best for all concerned if they DON'T do much teaching. Therefore, they are heavily involved in research*, where much specific technical knowledge can be gained.
Our government may be using the current animosity between our countries as an excuse, or vice versa, as in, using this to add fuel to the fire. Either way, the point is that these 3,000 are people thought to be involved in industrial spying. 3,000 is somewhat less than 1% of the number of Chinese university students in America, near 1/2 a million, counting undergraduate students. It's a pittance, and I'd venture that 2 to 5 times as many could be doing the same thing.
This is not something new. This kind of thing should have been being done on a regular basis for the last 25 years! That's at a minimum (since mid-1990s) the length of time American universities have been letting the Chinese students and Chinese government take advantage of us.
It's not just the universities though. Military research installations and all sizes of American industry (what's left of it) have plenty of Chinese graduates. I'm sure a large portion of them are just decent hardworking engineers and scientists, but a country really can't afford even a fraction of a percent being industrial or military spies. By afford, I mean both militarily and economically.
An acquaintance of my Chinese source in this matter worked in Detroit in the automobile industry until about 10 years back. At that point he went back to China as an expert in airbag technologies. This
What could the folks back in Detroit do about this? The guy's gone. They could have done something about it ahead of time, with some foresight, but it'd mean discriminating, OMG, in hiring. Perhaps, their short-term thinking didn't involve any worries about competition 10 years thence.
(I mean, is it just me, or does that driver dummy have a decent rack?)
It's got to take a good poker face for any Chinese official tasked with making official complaints about these 3,000 agents of espionage being kicked out of the universities. "I am shocked, shocked, I tell you, that there is industrial espionage being carried out by our graduate students!" "Go ahead. Arrest the usual 3,000 suspects. See if I care. We have 20,000 more ... oops did I say that out loud?"
I will say here that this may be one of the hits that brings the President's average up to that .100 range. It souunds very definite. There are said to be a bunch of charter flights set up to take these ambassadors of goodwill back this Thursday (that's only 10 flights on the wide-bodies).
* Yeah, it's another cheap labor program. It's work that apparently Americans only USED TO do.