Jinchao Wei, 22, also known as Patrick Wei, is accused of accepting thousands of dollars from a Chinese intelligence officer in exchange for information concerning “the defense and weapon capabilities of U.S. Navy ships, potential vulnerabilities of these ships, and information related to ship movement,” according to a grand jury indictment. . .
“Wei admitted to his handler that he knew this activity would be viewed as spying and could affect his pending citizenship application,” Grossman said. “Whether it was greed or for some other reason, Wei allegedly chose to turn his back on his newly adopted country and enter a conspiracy with his Chinese handler.” San Diego Sailor Jinchao Wei Pleads Not Guilty to Charges He Sold Defense Info to China - Times of San Diego
Another Chinese-American, Petty Officer Wenheng Zhao, was also arrested on similar charges.
Should Chinese citizens be allowed to serve in the US military?
Should they be allowed to have security clearances?
In 2019, about 50,000 H-1B visas were issued to people from China. Many work in high-tech or defense-related industries.
In the case of the sailor stationed in San Diego, the article says his citizenship application was pending.
In the case of ZHAO Yueshing, he went to school in China, and then moved to the US for his graduate degree and worked as a top scientist at Los Alamos. He may have gotten US citizenship while he was here, but then he moved back to China.
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The issue is not unique to China. In terms of H-1B visas, Russia has only about 1000 H-1B visas compared to 50,000 for China. On the other hand, India has far more of them than China. The difference is that we are looking at going to war with China, not India.
Apparently not. Scientists from China were researchers on weapons-related technologies at Los Alamos and later returned to their homeland. How did they get security clearances?
From the earlier NBC link:
At least 154 Chinese scientists who worked on government-sponsored research at the U.S.’s foremost national security laboratory over the last two decades have been recruited to do scientific work in China — some of which helped advance military technology that threatens American national security — according to a new private intelligence report obtained by NBC News.
The report, by Strider Technologies, describes what it calls a systemic effort by the government of China to place Chinese scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear weapons were first developed.