The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is giving money to the Chinese regime amid the regime’s bid to tempt foreign scientists into the country.
Bill Gates’s foundation issued a $100,000 grant in June to the Foreign Talent Research Center (FTRC) of China’s Ministry of Science and Technology, according to the Gates Foundation’s website, the National Pulse first reported.
The funding is to help the Chinese regime organize a forum hosted by Zhongguancun—China’s state-sponsored Silicon Valley—on “pandemic preparedness and response.” The forum has featured top leaders of the regime as speakers including, in its 2021 event, regime leader Xi Jinping.
While the 2022 forum will feature discussion topics such as global health and supporting pandemic-impacted “disadvantaged populations,” the agency affiliated with the Communist regime that’s sponsoring the event, FTRC, oversees the hiring of foreign talents in science and engineering for China’s strategic goals such as military-civil integration.
Meanwhile, the forum’s objectives go beyond talking about technology and health topics: as the organizers say, they aim to “necessary to earnestly study and understand the spirit of the General Secretary’s  speech” and build a technological hub in “serving the national strategy.”
Warnings of China’s Threat
The foundation’s commitment to bolstering China’s scientific advancement came amid mounting warnings of the threat the regime poses to the United States and the West.
Leaders from the UK and U.S. domestic intelligence agencies delivered a rare joint statement on July 6, warning that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is the greatest threat to the international order.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said the greatest challenge to the international order is the CCP, which seeks to undermine the United States, its allies, and its partners.
Meanwhile, MI5 Director General Ken McCallum detailed threats posed by the CCP in relation to covert theft, forced technology transfers, research exploitation, and cyberattacks that target virtually every sector of society.
U.S. officials have also warned that the Chinese regime uses recruitment programs, such as the “thousand talents plan,” to lure foreign academics to work in China, a process that facilitates the transfer of technology and know-how to the country.
The Trump administration launched the “China Initiative” in 2018 to combat the Chinese regime’s state-sponsored espionage and theft of trade secrets. The program led to the prosecution of some two dozen U.S. academics, most of them of Chinese origin, who were alleged to have concealed funding ties with Chinese institutions and state-backed recruitment plans.
The Biden administration shut down the program in February amid criticisms of the program as racial profiling. Thus, chilling scientific exchanges between the United States and China surged.