National Security

Major American Defense Firms Also Serve The Chinese Military

This is a blatant conflict of interest.

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When Raytheon, Bell, and Boeing do business with the Chinese they don’t seem to care what their services may render in the future. No wonder, as the big defense contractors and China are so influential they even have one of their team serving as US Secretary of Defense. Gee, that’s not a compromise of national security. Oh no, perish the very thought.

FNC: “Several of the largest defense contractors in the U.S. have ties to Beijing, a Fox News Digital review found.

Raytheon, Bell Flight, and Boeing — three American powerhouse defense firms — continue to maintain relationships with firms tied to the Chinese government, while Lockheed Martin has business interests in the country.

Isaac Stone Fish, the CEO and founder of China risk consultancy company Strategy Risks, warned in a statement to Fox News Digital that defense contractors’ Chinese ties present severe risks.”

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“Doing a relatively significant amount of business in China changes the risk profile now more than ever for any U.S. company, whether for compliance, cyber, reputation, security or other risks,” Stone Fish said.

“Those risks are particularly critical for companies that safeguard U.S. national defense and security,” he continued. “U.S. defense contractors need to better understand their risk exposure to China and the Chinese Communist Party, so they can reduce their China risks to better serve the needs of the U.S. military and national security.”

Several big American defense companies are cozy with Beijing. Collins Aerospace Systems, a Raytheon subsidiary doing business in the People’s Republic of China, has 15 locations and nine joint ventures on the home turf of America’s adversary. They brag about it.

“For close to 40 years, Collins Aerospace has been demonstrating our commitment to China,” their website reads. “Our growing presence in China has been made possible by our company’s significant investments in the country, as well as strong corporate and personal relationships that have been formed over the last three decades.”

Their website also crows about the company’s “close relationships” with the Chinese government’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China (MIIT), COMAC, AVIC, and the China Electronics Technology Company (CETC).

Another American defense contractor, Bell Textron, offers military-grade aircraft to China and touts their “China Service Center”: the Zhenjiang Bell Textron Aviation Services Center.

“Zhenjiang Bell Textron Aviation Services Center offers comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul services to our customers in the Greater China region, including Macao, Hong Kong, and Mongolia,” Bell’s website states. “Our in-country product and customer support engineers will ensure your aircraft is ready and operational at all times.”

Bell also advertises its relationship with the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) “Part 145 certifications for holistic maintenance and overhaul” as well as the company’s readiness “to provide return-to-service flights to customer-specific locations.”

The firm prides itself on in country Chinese “aircraft upgrades, mods, reconfigurations and customization” that includes “Aircraft Reconfigurations for Parapublic, Utility, Corporate, EMS, Training, and other specific missions” as well as “Mission Kit Installations, e.g. Hoists, Fast Ropes, Cargo Hooks, EMS Systems, Airborne Surveillance, Auxiliary Fuel Cell Systems, Float Kit, Mission Radios, etc.”

Not to be left out of the parade, Boeing formed a joint venture in China “for interior parts and composite structures” in the form of Boeing Tianjin Composites in 1999 and established the Boeing Research & Technology China a decade later.

“Boeing Research & Technology China established operations in the country in 2009,” the company’s “Boeing in China” document reads. “Currently it has research collaborations with 23 major universities, seven national institutes and three research centers, with focuses including biofuel, air traffic management technologies, materials, aviation services, cabin technology and manufacturing.”

Additionally, Boeing says it is the “No. 1 international customer of China’s commercial aviation manufacturing industry” and that “1/4 of Boeing production line is delivered to Chinese customers.” And if services and products are going to Chinese business it’s also certainly going to the Chinese military. Apparently these US firms are happy to make profits that one day may be paid for in American blood.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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Old Fur Trapper
Old Fur Trapper
3 months ago

This should have been stopped a long time ago! It was never OK to do business with the enemy for the sake of profits and endangering our Nation! These companies should be mandatorally forced to cease all operations and business ties with China on pain of government action to punish the CEOS with life imprisonment!