- In late 2021, the United States sanctioned several Chinese entities over the creation of biotechnology, including “alleged brain-controlling weapons.”
- This warning appears to be consistent with reports that Beijing is pursuing weapons that can disorient or confuse enemy forces, making them easier to suppress.
In late 2021, the U.S. government sanctioned several Chinese entities for their involvement in the creation of biotechnology, which includes “alleged brain-controlling weapons.”
As a hopeful superpower, the Chinese Communist Party has persistently pursued economic, technological, and military supremacy, often through illegal or dubious means.
The U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security’s Bureau of Industry and Security now says the Chinese Academy of Military Sciences and 11 of its research institutions have been involved in research and support for biotechnology, including brain control weapons, which the Chinese military intends to use to gain an advantage. on the battlefield.
Human rights violations and national security
In a notice to the federal registry released in December, the Department of Commerce added 34 China-based entities to its blacklist, accusing them of “acting contrary to U.S. foreign policy or national security interests.”
“The scientific pursuit of biotechnology and medical innovation can save lives. Unfortunately, China is choosing to use these technologies to pursue control of its people and its oppression of members of ethnic and religious minorities,” Trade Minister Gina Raimondo said in a press release.
The U.S. Department of Commerce put Chinese firms, laboratories, research centers, and academic institutions on the Entity List, which is designed to sanction individuals, organizations, and companies that pose or may pose a risk to U.S. national security or foreign policy.
In addition to the Chinese units, the department sanctioned units in Turkey, Malaysia and Georgia for “diverting or attempting to divert” US material to Iranian military programs.
The department sanctioned five Chinese medical and technology companies and institutions for their support of China’s military modernization efforts and five others for acquiring or attempting to acquire American-made items that would strengthen the People’s Liberation Army.
The decision to sanction the Chinese units follows evidence that their research, products or services have a military use and are being used or will be used to support the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations.
The international community has repeatedly criticized Beijing for its genocidal policy against the Uighurs in Xinjiang. The United States has accused the Chinese Communist Party of crimes against humanity for its targeting and prosecution of the Uighur minority.
“We can not allow US raw materials, technologies and software that support medical science and biotechnological innovation to be redirected to applications that are contrary to US national security,” Raimondo said, adding that the US “will continue to stand strong. “against efforts to” translate tools that can help humanity flourish into tools that threaten global security and stability. “
Brain control weapons
At the heart of the sanctions is the Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing effort to create weapons that would facilitate “cognitive control operations.”
The Chinese military correctly claims that advanced technologies are rapidly changing the nature of warfare. Beijing wants to have a modern mechanized military that is interconnected and can share information quickly and smoothly, while integrating advanced capabilities to analyze vast amounts of data and offer its forces a cognitive advantage.
As a result, Beijing has adjusted its military modernization priorities to include “intelligentized” capabilities alongside the mechanization and computerization of its forces.
According to the Pentagon’s latest report in the Chinese military, Beijing has explored “next-generation operational concepts for intelligent warfare, such as attrition warfare from intelligent swarms, cross-domain mobile warfare, AI-based space confrontation, and cognitive control operations.”
Cognitive control operations, using so-called brain control weapons, would suit an autocratic regime seeking physical and digital surveillance of populations under its control, and they would have domestic and foreign applications.
Translated Chinese military reports obtained by The Washington Times suggests that Beijing seeks to create weapons that can suppress enemy forces and reduce the amount of force needed to defeat them. Such weapons would disorient or confuse enemy forces, making them easy games for Chinese troops.
Pentagon’s report said the Chinese military has continued its campaign to become a global power of innovation by mastering advanced technologies that are consistent with the statements of former Chinese Communist parties on the “intelligence” of future warfare using new and disruptive technologies, including artificial intelligence, quantum , biomedical, autonomous systems and cloud computing.
What Beijing cannot create or invent, it has stolen.
Last year, the National Counter-Intelligence and Security Center was published one report lists five technology sectors that it said were crucial to U.S. national and economic interestsand as foreign powers, including China and Russia, sought to influence or reveal secrets from.
“These sectors are producing technologies that can determine whether America remains the world’s leading superpower or is overshadowed by strategic competitors for the next few years,” the agency said.
Stavros Atlamazoglou is a defense journalist specializing in special operations, a veteran of the Hellenic Army (National Service with 575th Marine Battalion and Army Headquarters) and a graduate of Johns Hopkins University.