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A Case of Pentagon-Financed Technology Undergirding Beijing’s Military

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The Chinese regime’s fifth-generation fighters, state-of-the-art naval cruisers, and soon-to-be launched aircraft carriers are more deadly than they otherwise would be because they are equipped with advanced fiber-optic cable originally built for the Pentagon, according to a U.S. military intelligence officer.

 

The saga of this cable is part of a bigger story of how American military technology ends up with the Chinese regime’s military, an issue the Trump administration is seeking to address with sanctions and new legislation.

Fiber-optic technology transfers large amounts of information at very high speeds. It is a “dual use” technology, one used in both civilian and military sectors.

For public use, fiber optics carries telecom data, such as internet communications. For the military, fiber optics is used in ships, jets, and other systems to transmit high volumes of data. In a battle, the speed of these systems can mean the difference between victory and defeat.

A development contract was awarded by the Pentagon to a Japanese-owned company based in North Carolina, known as Sumitomo Electric Lightwave, to develop a next-generation fiber optic cable. After the company developed the technology for the U.S. military, however, it began selling the fiber optics to private companies. Through its offices in Beijing, Sumitomo sold this technology to Chinese telecom companies Huawei and ZTE.

Huawei and ZTE have been no strangers to controversy. ZTE is currently being sanctioned, and Huawei is under investigation for selling forbidden technologies to Iran. Both companies also have connections to the Chinese Communist Party’s military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

 

A U.S. military intelligence officer speaking anonymously said that not long after Sumitomo sold this U.S.-funded fiber optics to Huawei and ZTE, the PLA got its hands on it.

The officer said he had seen intelligence that confirmed PLA military equipment is using the same fiber optics commissioned by the Pentagon.

“It wasn’t stolen. It was for civilian, or nonmilitary, purposes,” he said. “In China, it is being used for naval and for aircraft, like the J-10 jet, the high-end destroyers, cruisers, as well as for these evolving carriers.

“Sumitomo Electric Lightwave has been the leading edge of developing highly advanced fiber optic for shipboard use, as well as for fighter jets and drones.”

“Some of the technology has inadvertently come into control of ZTE and Huawei.”

 

Rest of the article is at the link: http://www.ntd.tv/2018/05/01/exclusive-a-case-of-pentagon-financed-technology-undergirding-beijings-military/

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