Saturday, November 05, 2005

Getting Tough With China

China's espionage war on the US has allowed it to develop weapons which will penetrate US defenses and sink its carriers and subs. The US should retaliate by taxing Chinese exports to the US to recover the value of the assets China has stolen.

The latest scandal:

Four persons arrested in Los Angeles are part of a Chinese intelligence-gathering ring, federal investigators said, and the suspects caused serious compromises for 15 years to major U.S. weapons systems, including submarines and warships.

Key compromises uncovered so far include sensitive data on Aegis battle management systems that are the core of U.S. Navy destroyers and cruisers. China covertly obtained the Aegis technology and earlier this year deployed its first Aegis warship, code-named Magic Shield, intelligence officials have said.

The Chinese also obtained sensitive data on U.S. submarines, including classified details related to the new Virginia-class attack submarines.

Officials said based on a preliminary assessment, China now will be able to track U.S. submarines, a compromise that potentially could be devastating if the United States enters a conflict with China in defending Taiwan.

China also is thought to have obtained information from the spy ring that will assist Chinese military development of electromagnetic pulse weapons -- weapons that simulate the electronic shock caused by a nuclear blast -- that disrupt electronics.

It also is thought to have obtained unmanned aerial vehicle technology from the spy ring.

Mr. Chi and his wife were born in China and are naturalized American citizens. Mr. Tai and his wife are resident aliens who came to the United States from China in May 2001.

FBI Agent James E. Gaylord stated in an affidavit made public Monday that Mr. Chi had access to Navy technical records, schematics and other documents that, while unclassified, were "restricted" and barred from foreign distribution.

The good news is that knowing that the enemy has these secrets enables engineers to take countermeasures - changing radar frequencies, submarine drive signatures and EMP footprints. I doubt the Chinese will attack Taiwan until after it hosts the Olympics in 2008, so there's time to get this done.

Plus, if US counterintelligence has done its job, it will have fed false data to the Chinese so they won't know what to trust.

Obviously US security has gotten lax and that has to be fixed.

But China has to pay a big price for this. I suggest that the US computes the economic value of the assets stolen and levies duties on Chinese imports that recover this over a short period. Say $100 billion. That will get their attention.