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Heleen Emanuel

Creative data nerd. Working to enrich journalism through new technologies.
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3
2022

Drones and concrete to withstand bullets: collaboration with ‘ordinary’ Chinese universities also poses risks

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Annebelle de Bruijn, Dorine Booij, Heleen Emanuel, Mira Sys & Siem Eikelenboom

Annebelle de Bruijn, Dorine Booij, Heleen Emanuel, Mira Sys & Siem Eikelenboom

Collaboration between Dutch universities and the Chinese armed forces is not limited to military universities. Over the past seven years, several hundred studies were conducted in collaboration with civilian Chinese universities as well, that in turn work for the military.

China sends selected military researchers to the Netherlands to gather sensitive knowledge

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Annebelle de Bruijn, Dorine Booij, Heleen Emanuel, Mira Sys & Siem Eikelenboom

Annebelle de Bruijn, Dorine Booij, Heleen Emanuel, Mira Sys & Siem Eikelenboom

In recent years, over 90 military scientists from China have gathered knowledge at Dutch universities and knowledge institutions. They conducted research into militarily sensitive technologies, such as hypersonic aircraft and reinforced concrete. This is the conclusion of research done by Follow the Money and RTL Nieuws, as part of the China Science Investigation. The Dutch Military Intelligence and Security Service calls the situation 'worrying'.

European universities are helping China to build the world’s most modern army

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Annebelle de Bruijn, Dorine Booij, Heleen Emanuel, Mira Sys & Siem Eikelenboom

Annebelle de Bruijn, Dorine Booij, Heleen Emanuel, Mira Sys & Siem Eikelenboom

China wants to build the most powerful army in the world. They appear to be succeeding – thanks to European scientists, who are sharing militarily sensitive knowledge with the Chinese army on a large scale. This is the conclusion of research done by Follow the Money and ten other media outlets from seven different countries. Nearly three hundred of such sensitive studies were conducted in the Netherlands. ‘Vital knowledge has already leaked. We're fighting a rearguard action.’