In May, the Center for Security and Emerging Technology in the US published this report examining which types of technologies the Chinese government is most focused on acquiring, and from where.  This information is said to have been gleaned from reports submitted by “science and technology diplomats” stationed in PRC embassies and consulates across 52 countries.  These coordinate with overseas scientists, professional associations, diaspora guilds, and elements of the United Front Work Department in the countries where they are stationed, to identify opportunities where Chinese companies can grow relationships and invest.  Nearly half of all technology projects referred the diplomats originated in Russia, the US, UK, and Japan.  Prior to its closure in July 2020, the consulate in Houston, Texas, referred the most projects of any Chinese diplomatic post in the world.  However, fewer than 12% of projects in the dataset used originated in the US, but NATO members and US- designated Major Non-NATO Allies hosted more than 70% of the projects targeted by Chinese diplomatic personnel from 2015 to 2020.


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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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