UK ACADEMICS INVESTIGATED OVER CHINA-LINKED RESEARCH

Written by on February 8, 2021

NEARLY 200 BRITISH ACADEMICS AT MORE THAN 12 UNIVERSITIES IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ARE BEING INVESTIGATED ON SUSPICION OF UNWITTINGLY HELPING THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT BUILD WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.

THE SCHOLARS ARE SUSPECTED OF UNKNOWINGLY BREACHING EXPORT LAWS DESIGNED TO PREVENT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY IN HIGHLY SENSITIVE SUBJECTS FROM BEING HANDED TO HOSTILE STATES, THE NEWSPAPER SAID, CITING AN UNNAMED SOURCE.

THE TIMES SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT WAS PREPARING TO SEND ENFORCEMENT NOTICES TO THE ACADEMICS WHO ARE SUSPECTED OF TRANSFERRING RESEARCH IN ADVANCED MILITARY TECHNOLOGY SUCH AS AIRCRAFT, MISSILE DESIGNS AND CYBERWEAPONS TO CHINA.

THE INDIVIDUALS COULD FACE A MAXIMUM OF 10 YEARS IN PRISON IF FOUND IN BREACH OF THE EXPORT CONTROL ORDER 2008.


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