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Ex-Stanford researcher allegedly tied to Chinese military faces more charges

Original post made on Feb 19, 2021

Chen Song, a former Stanford visiting researcher who was arrested for visa fraud last summer, faces additional charges in a case tying her to the Chinese military, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

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Posted by Elgin Taylor
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 19, 2021 at 12:29 pm

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Is Chen Song currently under federal custody as other alleged Chinese espionage agents have been known to easily & quickly flee the country to avoid further questioning or prosecution. The Chinese spy romantically involved with Democratic Congressman Eric Stalwell and several U.S. mayors is the most recent example.

This does not bode well for Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations as the United States is deeply concerned about the omnipotent and escalating Chinese military aggression in the Far East.

Extreme U.S. security vetting is paramount to ensure the safety of our nation and any foreign national from an enemy country should be subject to extreme scrutiny and not allowed to enter the United States whether it be for medical, scientific, engineering, or humanitarian research as contrived academic backgrounds are meaningless.


Posted by Lindsay A.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 19, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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China represents the new world power of the 21st century.

Great Britain had its moment back in the 19th century with a vast colonial empire and powerful navy.

Global power in the 20th century shifted towards the United States but America is now playing second fiddle to China because we have become dependent on them for many consumer goods and for having financed the second Iraq War to the tune of trillions of dollars.

Someday we may all have to learn Mandarin.


Posted by Bud Green
a resident of Green Acres
on Feb 19, 2021 at 2:06 pm

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The great thing about producing much of our technology in China and Israel is that those countries can do their nasty business from home.


Posted by parent
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 19, 2021 at 5:00 pm

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I know from personal experience that university professors and school administration officials like to hire foreign graduate students and post-docs because they can work them into the ground, compared to US born students who would complain and refuse to work unreasonably long hours.

But why is the federal government allowing these security risks to continue?


Posted by Miriam LaTorre
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Feb 20, 2021 at 11:43 am

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We should not allow scientists or researchers from enemy countries to study in the United States.

Besides, if they are so gifted in their fields, shouldn't they have their own labs and research centers in their respective countries?


Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 20, 2021 at 1:48 pm

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Fang Fang AKA Christine Fang did some fundraising for Congressman Eric Swalwall. He had cut off all ties to this person in 2015 after U.S. Intelligence notified him of their concerns about Fang. There is no evidence that they were romantically involved. Yes she did flee the country. The PROC engages in economic espionage here in Silicon Valley as well as in academic and political spying. Now Song has been caught. The PROC counts on Americans being lax and will do everything and anything to get intelligence and research. The PROC would never allow our researchers, politicians and business personnel access. Wake up.


Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 21, 2021 at 11:47 am

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A summary execution, after conviction of course, would send a powerful message to those in power in the PRC.


Posted by A. Yamashita
a resident of another community
on Feb 21, 2021 at 12:00 pm

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"A summary execution, after conviction of course, would send a powerful message to those in power in the PRC."

∆ Would this measure not have a severe impact on the Sino-U.S. diplomatic relationship?

In Japan, we are extremely wary of PRC military aggression and it's adverse impacts on other Pacific Rim countries.

As a result, our parliament is seeking pre-WW2 military measures to pre-empt any unwarranted military threats on the part of China.


Posted by AlexDeLarge
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 21, 2021 at 6:52 pm

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@A. Yamashita,

Well it seems you aware of how dangerous the PRC is, in a nutshell every action taken by the PRC results in a severe impact on Sino-US diplomacy. How long can we, the US, ignore this? Just as we had to kill Kasem Sulimani, the aggressive architect of Iran's nuke program, the PRC needs to understand the depth and severity of their actions. They cannot be trusted and need to to be held accountable. It's the ugly truth.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 21, 2021 at 9:23 pm

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Was Stanford or U.S. immigration/visa authorities lax on this case?
WHY do universities invite persons from Communist or authoritarian countries here to “study,” conduct research...or spy?
I get that overseas students pay more. No excuse.
The Communist Chinese are continually probing, hacking, testing all avenues here in our open society for intellectual property theft, for identity theft, military spying. They can contact even honest students and other persons who are over here from China to pressure them to spy or cooperate to help them...against the U.S.
i feel strongly on this topic.
Doesn’t their advanced fighter plane closely resemble one of ours? (I thought this was so obvious as to be stunning,)
China is expanding, threatening Taiwan, the Philippines, expanding in other south seas areas, Africa. I’m sad about HK.
Odd how U.S. politicians are so understated on this. I guess they’re ceded world leadership to Xi Jinping. I do not want to be under his Communist thumb. Americans are so distracted and appear largely clueless and uncaring.
The near holocaust against the Uighurs is a human rights outrage.
Let’s focus on building a strong north and south and central America, with jobs, good government, positive contributions to the world.


Posted by Judith
a resident of Southgate
on Feb 22, 2021 at 7:15 am

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President Biden will need to further warn the PRC that any more of their blatant misdeeds will result in additional economic sanctions, expulsion of all PRC nationals residing in the U.S. & the freezing of their financial assets.

American universities should also refuse to admit all 'scholars & researchers' from the PRC as well...we do not need them.

Lastly & worst case scenario...war with the PRC to defend American & Pacific Rim security & economic interests.


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