The Wuhan coronavirus is causing governments and companies to take a hard look at China.
The authoritarian country has made many adversarial moves recently.
And one U.S. senator is ringing the alarm on a serious China threat.
The Wuhan virus has now eclipsed 3 million cases worldwide and over 200,000 people have lost their lives.
China’s negligence contributed to the catastrophic outbreak that has cost the world economy trillions.
One person sounding the alarm on China is Arkansas senator Tom Cotton.
Before the height of the American outbreak, Cotton implored people to take the virus seriously and even suggested that the virus could’ve come from a lab and not the infamous wet market where wild animals are sold for consumption.
Cotton pointed out that roughly one-third of the original 40 patients had no contact with the wet market in question.
However, right across the street from the wet market in Wuhan sits a level-four biohazard virology lab.
But to suggest that the virus came from there was considered a conspiracy theory.
The New York Times, the Washington Post, and other establishment outlets criticized Cotton for the speculation and said that the laboratory’s negligence theory had already been “debunked,” which is amazing because no investigation had yet taken place.
Now Cotton is out front on another threat that China poses.
Cotton believes the United States should be more vigilant regarding student visas for Chinese nationals.
Cotton said, “In the middle of the pandemic, what’s the most valuable intellectual property in the world? It’s the research that our great laboratories and life science companies are doing on prophylactic drugs, therapeutic drugs, and ultimately a vaccine. So, I have little doubt that the Chinese intelligence services are actively trying to steal America’s intellectual property…they want to be the country that claims credit for finding those drugs or finding a vaccine, and then use it as leverage against the rest of the world.”
China has been stealing intellectual property for years.
Companies and countries have complained to the World Trade Organization, but nothing has happened.
This is one of the main reasons Donald Trump raised retaliatory tariffs on China after years of IP theft and trade imbalance.
China has already used the virus to profiteer – they confiscated supplies for themselves and sold faulty equipment to other countries in the midst of the pandemic.
There’s no question they would be willing to use student visas in a similar way.
Cotton continued, “It’s a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese Communist Party’s brightest minds to go back to China, to compete for our jobs, to take our business, and ultimately to steal our property.”
Several Chinese spies have already been identified in academia.
Many universities are shuttering their Confucius Cultural Exchange Centers for that exact reason.
Cotton also said, “I think we need to take a very hard look at the visas that we give to Chinese nationals to come to the United States to study, especially at the postgraduate level in advanced scientific and technological fields.”
Considering multiple Chinese spies have been caught sending sensitive research materials to the Communist Party of China, it’s certainly time to be vigilant about who gets to study in high-risk fields and labs.