I seek the social ownership of property, the abolition of the propertied class, and the sole control of those who produce wealth. Communism is the goal. ~ Roger Nash Baldwin
Perhaps the administration should stop worrying about the AP and James Rosen and start worrying about the Chinese theft of our top secrets. We have not done very much to stop it and have even given many secrets away.
President Obama is helping to send GE and their secrets to China. Check out these links: GE and medical imaging moving to China and moving aircraft electronics to China. GM has also moved plants to China and with it goes the technology. China has a so-called CCC safety requirement which includes a process requiring the foreign manufacturer to give Chinese officials full access to engineering drawings and schematics and to provide a complete finished product for evaluation.
The Chinese are not content with our giving it away. They also like to steal it.
The Pentagon recently revealed widespread electronic intrusions by China that might have compromised U.S. defense systems.
“The report, produced by the U.S. Defense Science Board, catalogued intrusions into programs critical to U.S. missile defense, as well as to combat aircraft and ships. Stealing such designs, experts warned, compromises U.S. capabilities even as it helps China accelerate its military modernization at little cost.” [Washington Post]
The report from the Washington Post article about the theft points out that Chinese hackers have gotten their hands on plans for almost all of the new cutting edge weapons systems that we have been developing…
Some of the weapons form the backbone of the Pentagon’s regional missile defense for Asia, Europe and the Persian Gulf. The designs included those for the advanced Patriot missile system, known as PAC-3; an Army system for shooting down ballistic missiles, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD; and the Navy’s Aegis ballistic-missile defense system.
lso identified in the report are vital combat aircraft and ships, including the F/A-18 fighter jet, the V-22 Osprey, the Black Hawk helicopter and the Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship, which is designed to patrol waters close to shore.
Also on the list is the most expensive weapons system ever built — the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, which is on track to cost about $1.4 trillion.
This is staggering!
One has to remember that the Chinese are our Communist friends and, as such, they believe what is yours is theirs and what is theirs is yours.
China’s theft goes beyond military secrets and is so serious and at such unprecedented levels that it threatens the global economy.
One quick example is China’s telecom giant, Huawei Technologies, which grew into a multibillion-dollar competitor by stealing technology as its rivals stood by outraged and helpless. All Chinese companies including Huawei are owned by the Communist government.
The Chinese are stealing our technology, our patents, hacking into our defense systems, our electric grid and into Google, and stealing intellectual property at every turn – copying movies, music, books, everything. It’s getting worse because we are doing nothing to stop it or even slow it down.
The types of violations and inequalities that need adjusting are numerous.
We aid and abet China in the theft. China has a so-called CCC safety requirement which includes a process requiring the foreign manufacturer to give Chinese officials full access to engineering drawings and schematics and to provide a complete finished product for evaluation. In addition, the applicant companies must pay for Chinese officials to visit and inspect their factories outside of China.
China has been a member of the World Trade Organization for ten years and the problem has not improved, quite the opposite. They are attempting to dominate renewable energy technology. They discriminate against foreign competitors. China does this by requiring the use of domestic suppliers and production for green and renewable technology.
China is trying to have it both ways: protecting its home market while exporting most of its production. The New York Times reported that China protects its domestic producers by requiring that 80 percent of the equipment used in Chinese solar power plants be made in China. At the same time, over 95 percent of China’s solar panel production is exported to the United States and Europe.
Copied goods undercut the competition by 20% – 99%. American companies are paying top dollar for products while the Chinese are paying nothing.
In addition to the theft of ideas, they have near no-cost labor. American companies cannot compete.
Stronger trade agreements and the will to enforce them could make the difference according to William Jones. Larry Kudlow suggests patent reciprocity. Protecting IP’s could be a crucial step in stopping the problem through a government compliance program.
Most importantly, we have to take a stand in the cyberwar they are conducting.
In the end, a combination of actions need to be taken but so far none are being implemented.
Instead we are sending technology over to them, ignoring it when they steal ours, and treating reporters like criminals. One could say our priorities are confused.
Mark Anderson on China’s Intellectual Theft:
Wolf Blitzer interview on the subject: