OSU Prof Disappears, May Have Sold Defense Secrets to Chinese
For the past fifteen years or more people have been wondering if China could be trusted as an ally to this country. As they have shifted into a global power the nation of china`peaked in economics, engineering, military, and trade. The odds are pretty great that most objects in your life were made and shipped from China. Furthermore The United States is indebted trillions of dollars to the great nation. Which always begged the questions, “is China our enemy?”, and “Will China ever invade?”
Logically speaking China seeking any kind of attack against The United States wouldn’t make much sense. We are, after all, China’s biggest customers. Why would they seek to invade and stop the ever increasing revenue gained from partnerships with our country? Debt collection would only make sense if China were in dire need of resources. China however had been experiencing an industrial revolution that allowed it to become a mega power.
However, recent events coupled with old cold war fears have lent some credence to the ever growing wonder of China’s true intentions. On September 8 The Columbus Dispatch reported that a former professor at Ohio State University is now missing, and wanted by the F.B.I for sharing national security secrets with the Chinese government.
Rongxing Li, 56, has had a working relationship with NASA for over decade wherein he assisted with the 2003 and 2009 Mars Rover missions. He is known the world over for his work in mapping. In early 2014 Li had proposed a huge imaging project to NASA. The reported cost of this mission is 36.9 million dollars and would take place in the year 2020.
As part of his working agreement with NASA Li was to have no ties to the Chinese government and being a citizen of the United States he assured that he would have no reason to have said connections. However, having worked at OSU for thirteen years Lis colleagues had known he had spent much of 2012 in China. So they began an internal investigation of their own to determine why he had not shared this information with the American government.
This investigation has proven that he was in fact corroborating with the Chinese government and was a chief scientist in a project to develop advanced technologies. The University immediately notified the F.B.I informing them that Li had access to International Traffic in Arms Regulations information with NASA and with Raytheon, a defense contractor.
The F.B.I launched an investigation of its own, and Li flew to China. Although he claimed to be caring for his sick parents it appears as though he was fleeing from prosecution. While in China he sent an email to OSU withdrawing from his position. There are numerous search warrants in regards to this situation and no one seems willing to comment.
Homeland Security was able to stop Li’s wife at an airport before she too flew to China. They were able to confiscate her computer, cell phone and some flash drives that are confirmed to have sensitive information about our countries defenses.
The strange thing is that despite this evidence neither she nor Li himself have had any official charges filed against them. Li has been off the radar ever since his email of resignation to Ohio State University. Which now adds an interesting dynamic to this situation with China.
With the apparent collapse of the Chinese economy impending, it would make sense that they are now seeking ways to keep the United States under thumb and having such sensitive information about our countries defenses could possibly mean there are plans for an invasion.
Unfortunately with so few details about this case being publicized we are forced to merely speculate about this situation. Regardless of the end result it does appear that, at least for now, those who question China’s intentions have some real evidence on their side. Only time will tell, but maybe we should take some time to practice our Mandarin?