China has doubled down on its efforts to steal U.S. intellectual property, and now there is a real threat that it may also steal agricultural technology secrets that could threaten U.S. food sovereignty.
Ross Kennedy, a logistics and supply chain analyst, told The Epoch Times that China could be preparing to steal American agricultural technologies and develop a version of its own, just as it has done with other items.
“China would be able to fill the country’s most basic needs while undercutting America, economically and diplomatically, in its pursuit for global leadership in agricultural production,” the specialist said.
“Most people don’t realize that you could steal some kernels of corn, or a few soybeans, and perpetuate a multibillion-dollar industrial espionage campaign,” he added.
If China were to succeed, then it could try to compete commercially with the United States in international agribusiness, also attacking American exports, and thus its economy.
It should be remembered that Chinese purchases of American farmland are already a fact. In 2013, Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings (now WH Group) snapped up the world’s leading pork producer, Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, marking the largest Chinese acquisition of an American consumer brand to date.
“Officially, Chinese investment in U.S. farmland has ballooned more than 25 times from 13,720 acres to 352,140 acres between the decade of 2010 and 2020, according to a 2020 USDA report (pdf),” the story notes.
In December 2020, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, echoing boss President Trump, noted that China “is the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II.”
“Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically. Many of China’s major public initiatives and prominent companies offer only a layer of camouflage to the activities of the Chinese Communist Party” he added.
“I call its approach of economic espionage ‘rob, replicate and replace. China robs U.S. companies of their intellectual property, replicates the technology and then replaces the U.S. firms in the global marketplace,” he warned.
China steals information using unconventional methods
It was during the administration of President Barack Obama when the Asian country managed to get closer to the United States and grow in its evil intentions. While in the four years of Donald Trump’s administration, the visas of some 1,000 Chinese students and researchers suspected of espionage in the United States were revoked.
Obama — who resided in the White House from 2009 to January 2017 — maintained a permissive relationship with the Asian country without addressing the millionaire plagiarisms to American companies.
China stole, with unconventional methods, information and intellectual property from American companies; and for this, one of the methods it used was to rely on allied regimes that helped it become the commercial giant it is today.
FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that the Chinese regime’s theft of American intellectual property resulted in one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.
China-related economic espionage cases have increased by approximately 1,300% in the last decade, Wray claimed. The FBI has more than 1,000 investigations into possible theft of American technology and approximately 1,000 more China-related intelligence investigations, he said.