China Recruited Scientists Who Worked At Top US National Security Lab, Report Says

US President Joe Biden gestures as he meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, November 15, 2021. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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According to an intelligence report published Wednesday, China paid scientists up to $1 million to leave their work on sensitive weapons technologies at the U.S.’ top nuclear lab and develop weapons for China.

At least 13 of the scientists later returned to China through the subversive “talent programs” to advance Chinese research in the deep-earth-penetrating warhead, hypersonic missile, quiet submarine, and drone technologies, according to the report.

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