Net is approaching Chinese “spies” at British universities where academics are suspected of having passed pioneering British technology to Beijing
- Professionals have compiled a list of academics suspected of passing technology
- The universities studied include Manchester, Liverpool and Imperial College
- No proposal by any of the institutions is aware of or complicit in wrongdoing
A high-level investigation into Chinese “spies” working in British universities could lead to arrests in a matter of weeks, The Mail told The Mail on Sunday.
Specialists from the Foreign Office, Specialized Division and HMRC have compiled a list of scientists suspected of disclosing confidential information to Beijing, including breakthrough British technologies that could be used to suppress minorities and dissidents.
It is believed that investigators have made a correlation between universities that have significant income from university students China and the activities of employees who have aroused suspicion.
Universities studied include Manchester and Imperial College, which earn 26 percent of their income from students from China. Liverpool and Sheffield (28 percent); and Oxford and Cambridge (10 percent).
Government specialists have compiled a list of scientists suspected of disclosing confidential information to Beijing, including breakthrough British technologies that could be used to suppress minorities and dissidents
There is no indication that any of the institutions is aware of or involved in any wrongdoing.
Last year it was revealed that a third of non-EU university students in the UK are from China. 120,000 pay a total of £ 2.1 billion in fees.
The investigation was launched because of concerns that academics were involved in a “gold rush” to do business with the communist state over scientific breakthroughs.
In February, The Mail revealed on Sunday that MI6 officials seconded to the Foreign Office were conducting an investigation into more than a dozen universities into possible export control violations.
It also found that nearly 200 British scientists were investigated on suspicion of inadvertently helping the Chinese government build weapons of mass destruction.
Anyone who violates the Export Control Ordinance of 2008 must expect a prison sentence of a maximum of ten years.
Earlier this year, Manchester University announced an agreement with a Chinese military tech company after warnings that it had been supplying apps used by Beijing’s security forces in mass surveillance of Uyghurs.
The university said it was unaware of the China Electronics Technology Corporation’s alleged role in persecuting Muslims until it received a letter highlighting the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee’s links.
Manchester is partnering with Chinese donors to take advantage of graphene, a revolutionary material that has great military potential due to its immense strength and flexibility.
In the meantime, Queen Mary University of London has entered into a “collaborative partnership” with Northwestern Polytechnical University in China, which specializes in military technology.
Universities studied include Manchester (above) and Imperial College, which earn 26 percent of their income from students from China. Liverpool and Sheffield (28 percent); and Oxford and Cambridge (10 percent)
In February, a report by the think tank Civitas accused 14 of the UK’s top 24 universities of having links with Chinese arms conglomerates and military-related research centers.
It has been suggested that breakthroughs by British universities could reinforce China’s drive for military supremacy through the development of hypersonic missiles, radar jamming systems, robotics, spacecraft and stealth vehicles.
Earlier this year, a survey of students at the Henry Jackson Society think tank found that 899 Chinese nationals in the UK were studying militarily sensitive subjects such as nuclear physics, aerospace engineering and high-tech materials science.
The Federal Foreign Office previously announced that it would tighten the review rules for advanced technology students overseas.