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Ivy League Schools Partner With Chinese Groups Linked to Military

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A general view of Harvard University campus is seen on April 22, 2020 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 10 March 2021 01:40 PM

Ivy League universities and medical schools are partnering with institutions backed by the Chinese military or Communist Party considered to be national security risks, The Washington Free Beacon reported on Wednesday.

Harvard University, Yale School of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania have all put together collaborative research and educational programming with regime-linked groups in China, conducting studies focused on health planning in the Asian country.

In one such example, Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health has conducted a health partnership with seven Chinese universities that concentrates on academic exchange and trains participants to serve as agents for reform in the Chinese health care system.

At least six of the seven universities in this partnership have serious security risks, as they are connected to other research for the People’s Liberation Army, with three of these universities having links to Chinese cyber espionage attempts and aiding in the development of technologies for Chinese defense, including the nation’s nuclear program, according to the Free Beacon.

These partnerships could also undermine patient privacy in both China and the United States, according to Ian Easton, Project 2049 Institute senior director in China policy.

"You may not be interested in the CCP [Chinese Communist Party], but the CCP is interested in you,” Easton said. “It wants to collect all your personal and private data. It wants to leverage your data against you, your values, and your way of life. The danger of that happening is very real. There is nothing benign or humanistic about the CCP's approach to medicine, and its exploitation of the global biotech industry ought to be repudiated."

Easton stressed that these are clear examples of a more widespread pattern in which leading institutions in the U.S. are involved in partnerships that harm national security, as well as the interests of the Chinese people.

"While U.S.-PRC medical exchanges may have seemed acceptable in the past, they look different today when cast in the lurid light of the facts we currently have before us," Easton said. "China's government is engaging in mass genocide, a crime against humanity. This is going on right now. Today, Beijing is the most egregious violator of human rights on the planet."

Such partnerships are just one part in the greater competition in global health and medicine, with a report last month  from the director of national intelligence revealing that the Chinese Communist Party is stealing the DNA and health care data of American  citizens in an attempt to potentially harm U.S. interests.

In order to protect national security, GOP lawmakers have demanded increased transparency in the ties between colleges and China, the Free Beacon reported.

President Joe Biden rolled back a Trump administration executive order that would have dealt a blow to China-backed Confucius Institutes, campus cultural centers that the Chinese often use as forward posts for their espionage.

Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania did not respond to requests for comment.

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