Published On: Fri, Sep 27th, 2019

China news: Xi Jinping accused of exploiting British universities to develop military weap | World | News

In 2019 BBC documentary ‘China: A New World Order’, it is unveiled that Huang Xianjun, a soldier in the Chinese military, moved to Manchester to study graphene, a substance used in the enhancement and development of military weapons. According to Alex Joske, China researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, around 500 people have been sent to Britain by China to learn about military-enhancing sciences. Xianjun was one of these students, and Mr Joske believes this revelation poses a concerning problem facing the West. He told the BBC: “Huang Xianjun was sent by the Chinese military to study at the University of Manchester as a PhD student, where he made some breakthroughs on graphene technology.

“And that’s particularly concerning I think because graphene technology has clear military applications.”

When Huang Xianjun returned to China he worked to apply the knowledge and skills he had gained overseas in the UK to Chinese military technology.

Mr Joske’s research has revealed thousands of students like Huang Xianjun studying across Western universities.

He continued: “It’s a phenomenon that the Chinese military has described as ‘picking flowers in foreign lands to make money in China’.

“I think the UK is probably the primary destination for Chinese military scientists studying abroad.”

Huang Xianjun studied at the Graphene Institute, and it was there that George Osborne showed China’s President Xi Jinping around the facility.

Osborne said to the BBC: “I wanted to show Xi Jinping what we are capable of in Britain, and of course make sure that the largest potential market for graphene in the world, was open to us so that things discovered in Britain could be made in Britain and then sold around the world. “

The visit of Xi Jinping in 2015 was a huge diplomacy effort from David Cameron’s government, taking the Chinese President to Buckingham Palace, a traditional pub and a Fish and Chips shop.

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Osborne denies the idea Britain may have helped develop Chinese military, saying in the documentary that information on graphene can be found online and that Britain was merely opening a market for business.

Since 2015, China has developed a vast variety of weapons, more recently deadly crowd control sound guns and also an amphibious warship.

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