In its 2016 Thirteenth Five-Year Plan, the Chinese Communist Party mandated the fusion of civilian and military research.
In a 2021 Gateway Pundit article, I described the three levels of China’s biowarfare program.
There is a core secret military level consisting of military research centers and hospitals.
The core layer is supervised by the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in coordination with so-called “civilian” entities, such as the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Center for Disease Control.
Layered on top of the core level are China’s universities, civilian research institutions, like the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and medical companies.
It is that second level, which has allowed China to access the third level, international research centers, particularly those in the United States, from which knowledge, skills, and technologies important to the People’s Liberation Army can be transferred back to China.
In essence, U.S. universities simply become extensions of China’s biowarfare research and development program.
But that paradigm is not restricted to biowarfare, but encompasses all of China’s research and development efforts.
The “colonization” of U.S. university research programs by China began after the “Opening” of China under the Nixon Administration and accelerated thereafter.
The pattern has remained the same for 40 years.
A young scientist from the People’s Republic of China would complete a Ph.D. or postdoctoral training in the United States and be hired by a U.S. university or research center and obtain U.S. citizenship.
That Chinese scientist working in the U.S. would then establish extensive research collaborations with scientists in the People’s Republic of China and become an “anchor” for additional waves of young Communist Chinese scientists to be trained in the U.S.
Together with nearly all U.S. universities, the University of Oklahoma Medical School has abandoned science and rationality by adopting racist Critical Race Theory and Gender Affirming Care, the latter being the chemical castration and genital mutilation of children without any verifiable medical justification.
Meanwhile, China appears to have full access to whatever useful research is still being done at the University of Oklahoma, all of it subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.
Jizhong Zhou, now a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma, received B.S. and M.S. degrees at the Hunan Agricultural University in Changsha, China and was a Ph.D. candidate at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing before obtaining a student visa in 1990 to study in the United States.
Zhou completed a Ph.D. at Washington State University and postdoctoral training at Michigan State University and the Oakridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, where nuclear and supercomputing research critical to U.S. national security are conducted.
According to his 147-page academic resume (curriculum vitae) dated July 31, 2022, Jizhong Zhou has maintained extensive connections with Communist China of which the following is only a small sample:
- 2009-present Adjunct Professor, School of Environment, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, where he appears to have an ongoing research program (see Tsinghua University photo of Jizhong Zhou) .
- 2020-present Member of the International Academic Advisory Committee, Shandong (China) Energy Institute.
- 2020 International assessment of Chinese Academy of Sciences Research Institutes, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences.
- 2018-2020 Member of Advisory Committee for Southern Marine Sciences and Engineering Guangdong Laboratory (Zhuhai), Sun Yat-sen University.
- 2018-present Member of Advisory Committee for International Center for Deep Life Investigation (IC-DLI), Shanghai Jiaotong University.
- 2014-2019 Member of Advisory Committee, CAS Key Laboratory, Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences.
- 2010 Member of the Review Panel, Key National Lab on Microbiology, Shandong University, Jinan, China.
- 2009-2014 Founding Chair, Board of Directors, the Overseas Chinese Society for Microbiology (Sino-Micro).
- 2006-2007 Member of National Key Microbial Program Panel, Chinese National Science Foundation.
Awards and Honors
- 2017-present Chinese Association of Microbial Ecology (CAME) established an award under his name: “Jizhong Zhou Award on Microbial Ecology” to recognize Outstanding Microbial Ecologists.
- 2017 National Chair Professor, Tsinghua University
- 2015 One of the 11 Outstanding One-Thousand Talent Scholars by Chinese Government
- 2010-2013 One-Thousand Talent Scholar (Class B, the highest honor awarded by Chinese Government for oversea Chinese Scientists).
- 2012-2017 Guest Professor, One hundred talent scholar, Sichun University
- 2011-2019 Guest Professor, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
- 2010 Guest Professor, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, China
- 2007 Guest Professor, Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, China.
- 2005-2008 Shenhua Distinguished Professor, Central South University, Changsha, China (Highest honor in the university).
Over the last three decades, Jizhong Zhou has supervised 33 Ph.D. students, 17 at the University of Oklahoma and 16 at Tsinghua University in China; as well as 18 M.S. degree students, 6 at the University of Oklahoma and 12 at Tsinghua University in China.
Of Jizhong Zhou’s 11 current staff and postdoctoral trainees at the University of Oklahoma, 100% are Chinese. Jizhong Zhou also maintains a laboratory of 11 staff and students at Tsinghua University in China.
Jizhong Zhou lists 106 scholars who visited his laboratory, 104 were Chinese and 100 of those were from institutions in the People’s Republic of China.
Jizhong Zhou has multimillion-dollar research grants from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense’s secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the “detection of biothreat agents.”
Simultaneously with receiving U.S. government funding, Jizhong Zhou is also receiving money from the Chinese Communist Party’s National Natural Science Foundation of China.
Yet, apparently, no one at the University of Oklahoma or within the U.S. government finds such potential conflicts of interest worthy of investigation.
The bad news is that, what is described above, is happening at nearly every university in the United States.
U.S. taxpayers are, through careless and incompetent state and federal bureaucrats, funding the hemorrhaging of American knowledge, skills and technologies to China.
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