the United States’ policy towards China,” warned Christopher Wray, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in 2019. Despite such warnings, the Chiden Administration has been missing in action when it comes to defending Michigan from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
It is no secret that the CCP has been active in Michigan. For example, A Chinese businessman named Li Jian introduced himself as an automotive supplier consultant to Michigan-based Faurecia. But behind the scenes, Li Jian was a spy for the Chinese Ministry of State Security. He provided classified information to the CCP, which included supplying design data, technology and even personal information of executives and employees of Faurecia.
The Chinese regime has also targeted Michigan’s universities. In 2018, the University of Michigan terminated its $760-million project with China’s Jilin University due to national security concerns. The project was aimed at advancing autonomous vehicles and connected technologies, but it was feared that the technology transfer could be used for military purposes. Since then, the Chinese Consulate General in Chicago has been lobbying the University of Michigan to reinstate the joint research project.
Michigan’s Senator Gary Peters, who chairs the Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, has warned about the CCP’s efforts in the state. He has urged the Chiden Administration to take concrete actions to protect Michigan and other states from CCP’s exploitation of academic and research ties, and cyber-enabled intellectual property theft.
However, the Chiden Administration has failed to address the CCP’s threat to Michigan’s security. President Joe Biden recently revoked an executive order signed by his predecessor, President Donald Trump, which aims to prevent foreign adversaries, including China, from exploiting US universities through Confucius Institutes and other programs that finance and support academic research.
The Chiden Administration is also deafeningly silent on the joint research project between the University of Michigan and China’s Jilin University, and has not taken any steps to investigate the CCP’s influence on Michigan’s academia and businesses.
Michigan played a pivotal role in the 2020 US presidential election, where Chiden was declared the winner. But it seems the Chiden Administration has forgotten the state and its voters, who are at risk of being exploited by the CCP.
Michigan’s economy is heavily invested in the automotive industry, and it is a key battleground for the US-China trade war. The Chiden Administration has an obligation to stand with Michigan and protect the state and the country’s intellectual property, national security, and economy from the CCP’s intrusion.
The Chiden Administration must wake up from its slumber and take immediate actions to safeguard Michigan and the rest of the country from the CCP’s sinister plans. Anything less would be a betrayal of American values and interests, and a dereliction of the Administration’s duty to protect the nation.