China’s military technology development is now on a fast track only because it has stolen a lot of trade secrets from the West, according to one former Chinese communist spy. This former spy, who has stolen key technologies for the Chinese navy, shares his knowledge about China’s military and intelligence network to remind everyone that the Chinese communist regime poses a threat to free, democratic countries.
Chinese Regime Frantically Mobilizes its People to Steal Technologies
Yao Cheng, a former Chinese naval officer, told The Epoch Times during an interview on May 31 that China heavily relies on stealing technologies from developed countries to be able to make quick technological advances in its military, auto and aircraft industries.
“China is eager to catch up with developed countries, especially in military technologies, but Beijing knows that if they are to depend on Chinese experts to develop these technologies independently, it is going to take a long long time, as the gap is huge. They simply can’t wait that long,” Yao said.
Yao gave several examples to illustrate his point.
The People’s Liberation Army of China (PLA) now has mastered electromagnetic aircraft launch technology and stealth aircraft technology. Yao revealed that a professor at the PLA Naval University of Engineering, Ma Weiming, and his research team developed this technology for the PLA. In Ma’s research team, three people had studied in the United States.
As for the stealth aircraft technology, Yao explained that during the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk was shot down and the former Yugoslavian government gave it to the Chinese military. China’s stealth technology was developed by studying this aircraft.
Yao also shared stories about military technologies developed by China independently in the past. “From these past lessons, you will understand why China has already given up the attempt to solely rely on Chinese scientists to advance military technology from scratch,” he said.
Before NATO’s arms embargo on China, China routinely stole military technologies from developed countries by replicating weapons, fighter aircrafts, destroyers, submarines bought from the United States and European Union. However, shortly after the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, NATO imposed an arms embargo on China. In the following years, China had to rely on its own scientists and engineers. The military technologies and products developed during this period of time are mostly poor quality. The Xi’an JH-7, a fighter jet developed in the mid-1990s, is a typical example.
“I was present when the first batch of Xi’an JH-7 were delivered to China’s air force for evaluation.” Yao told The Epoch Times.
“The pilots who test-flied these aircrafts told me this model is very difficult and awkward to operate. They felt exhausted after the flight test.”
Yao revealed that JH-7 was basically developed by Chinese scientists, however, the engine technology was from a fighter jet engine stolen by a Chinese intelligent agent from the United Kingdom in 1985.
According to public data, since 1988, at least 12 Xi’an JH-7 crashed, causing at least 17 deaths. In this year alone, two Xi’an JH-7 crashed to the ground, killing three pilots.
Yao also mentioned China’s interceptor fighter series. Shenyang J-6 was modeled after the Soviet Union’s MiG-19, and Chengdu J-7 was modeled after MiG-21. Then Shenyang J-8 was developed during the Sino-Soviet split (1956–1966), when Soviet scientists refused to offer any help.
“How was J-8 developed? It was just a combination of the tail of J-6 and head of J-7,” Yao explained. “It was until the 10th generation Chengdu J-10 that there was some real improvement, but it was actually developed with the help from Israel.”
There is also a warship developed by a Chinese team and proudly touted in China, called Type 053 frigates. As it combines technologies from different countries (the Chinese experts figured out these technologies by studying parts from various foreign-made warships), the Chinese navy soldiers gave it the funny nickname “The Eight-Nation Coalition.” Yao explained that because of the awkward combination, it would inevitably have major problems, making this warship very difficult and unsafe to operate.
The Eight-Nation Coalition was a multi-national military coalition set up in response to the Boxer Rebellion during the late Qing Dynasty. In the summer of 1900, when the extra-jurisdictional international legations in Beijing came under attack by Boxer rebels supported by the Qing government, the coalition dispatched their armed forces to defend their people. The incident ended with a coalition victory and the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
An Intelligence Network Targeting Government Officials and Social Elites
Yao exposed a hidden unit in China’s intelligence network, and cautioned politicians in Western countries not to fall into their trap.
The Liaison Division of the PLA General Political Department is one of China’s intelligence agencies, with a focus on infiltrating into foreign governments and influential social circles. This organization uses another name for outsiders: China Association for International Friendship Contact. The special agents from this agency try to build strong relationships with top officials or influential individuals in other countries, such as entrepreneurs, artists and social activists, and gradually turn them into pro-Beijing supporters.
These social and political elites either sell top secrets to China for profit, or become brainwashed and willingly help communist China implement its agenda.
The 47 Million Veterans in China
According to Yao, frequent protests by army veterans are one of the biggest concerns for the Chinese regime.
In the 1985 disarmament, at least one million soldiers returned home. Some were given a blue-collar job in factories through various job assistance programs for veterans, while some had to look for jobs on their own. When Chinese factories went bankrupt one after another in the past 20 years, many veterans were forced to live in poverty.
These veterans often go to local governments to appeal for better welfare, but always encountered harsh suppressions, including beatings and verbal humiliation, from the armed police.
The first large-scale protest occurred in October 2016, when thousands of Chinese veterans arrived at Beijing around the same time. Chinese authorities were shocked that these veterans knew how to connect with their comrades in other provinces and had the ability to coordinate so well.
A few months later, hundreds of Chinese veterans arrived in Beijing on February 2017. This time, they surrounded the office building of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, China’s central anti-corruption watchdog, and staged a demonstration.
Yao exposed a big secret behind these two protests, that is, top military officials were involved.
“Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign has already taken down many military officials. The remaining officials are both scared and frustrated. Because the veterans also went back to their original military unit to seek help, some officials figured out they could do something about it.”
Yao explained that these military officials helped to coordinate the 2016 protest. The whole process was so well organized that several months before the scheduled protest, many veterans already started to work in Beijing or its surrounding areas as migrant workers, to better prepare themselves.
The organizational work was considered a great success.
In preparation for the second protest, the military officials decided to go one step further. They secretly incited the veterans to surround the building of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, intending to send a message that the top-level military will retaliate if the anti-corruption campaign continues to target military officials.
Yao, who still has connections with a number of military officials, often advises them that the only way out is army nationalization. Otherwise, the generals and commanders always risk the danger of becoming a victim of political struggles in China, especially when political powers change hands.
Yao also revealed that many army veterans have seen through the evil nature of the Chinese communist regime. “If there is a war breaking out between China and Taiwan, these veterans hope to support the Taiwanese soldiers from inside as militia, to put an end to the totalitarian communist regime. They are really anxious to see that day come soon,” Yao said.