April 15, 2018
When I first read this article, my first thought was “Why would you give foreigners access to your country’s technology, especially foreigners from a country that is your biggest rival in almost everything and who steals your tech on an industrial scale?”
But then I realized how insanely bigoted I was.
Because this guy wasn’t Chinese, he was American – the second he set foot in America the magical dirt turned his DNA into 100% deep-fried apple pie.
A scientist from China has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in the United States for stealing seeds of genetically modified American rice, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
The Chinese scientist, Weiqiang Zhang, 51, was a legal permanent resident living in Manhattan, Kansas. He was working as a rice breeder at Ventria Bioscience, a biopharmaceutical company that creates genetically modified rice. He stole hundreds of rice seeds from the company that had cost millions of dollars and taken years of research to develop, according to the Justice Department. He kept the seeds in his home.
But why did you hire a Chinese in the first place, ESPECIALLY to work on rice?
Then in 2013, United States Customs and Border Protection agents found the seeds in luggage belonging to researchers who visited Zhang from China.They were on their way back to China with the seeds.
In February, he was convicted of three counts: Conspiring to steal trade secrets, conspiring to transport stolen property across states lines and transporting stolen property between states.
Why did it take 5 years to convict him?
“Weiqiang Zhang betrayed his employer by unlawfully providing its proprietary rice seeds to representatives of a Chinese crop institute,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan said in a statement. “Today’s sentence demonstrates the significant consequences awaiting those who would steal trade secrets from American companies.”
How dare he betray a faceless, greedy (you know they hired him because it was cheaper than hiring an American, right?) corporation from a deracinated society that believes in nothing for something as petty as the advancement of everyone who shares his looks, culture and DNA?
Shame on him!
Also, about the “consequences” of stealing your trade secrets – wouldn’t it be better to try not to have them stolen in the first place?
Because you know for every one of these guys you catch, there’s at least two or three you don’t, right?
The conclusion of the years-long case comes as President Donald Trump’s administration is planning to punish China for what the White House has said is the theft of intellectual property by that country. In a tweet on Wednesday, the president put the annual amount of intellectual property theft at $300 billion.
300 billion is “3” followed by eleven zeroes, like this: 300000000000 .
That’s a lot of zeroes.
You’re working on fixing it, right?
FBI Director Christopher Wray has also warned about China. Asked during a Senate intelligence committee hearing in February about the counterintelligence risk from Chinese students in the U.S., Wray said, “The use of nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting, whether it’s professors, scientists, students we see in almost every field office that the FBI has around the country…. They’re exploiting the very open research and development environment that we have.”
Why is it so (((open))) in the first place?
And why wouldn’t you expect other people to take advantage of your stupidity?
I don’t really care about the Chinks doing it, that’s normal.
All countries steal stuff from each other all the time, especially technology, it’s just common sense.
Actively letting them do it on the other hand, like the Western world does today, is completely insane, and shouldn’t be tolerated.
I mean seriously, how many times does this have to happen before you start rethinking the magical dirt theory?