Sellin: Primer for the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party

Sellin: Primer for the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, Part 4: China’s Infiltration of U.S. Virus Research Programs Through “Scientific Chain Migration”

On January 10, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 365 to 65 in favor of a resolution to establish the Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, chaired by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI). The following information is worthy of further investigation by that committee.

The growth of China’s biotechnology sector and biowarfare program was dependent on accessing knowledge, skills and technologies from outside China, particularly from universities in the United States, which would be eager to collaborate with China and accept Chinese Communist Party (CCP) money.

To achieve that end, CCP leader, Deng Xiaoping and U.S. President Jimmy Carter, in 1979, signed an historic agreement for science and technology exchange of which the China-United States Biochemistry Examination and Application (CUSBEA) program was a part.

That program involved over 60 U.S. universities and soon afterwards thousands of Chinese students and scientists, some from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA), began flooding into the United States, many obtaining permanent positions and becoming U.S. citizens., but maintaining allegiance to the CCP.

In a process one can call “scientific chain migration,” successive waves of CCP and PLA scientists would establish themselves in U.S. research institutions, acting as “anchors” and then invite other CCP and PLA scientists into their U.S. laboratories to access American knowledge, skills, technologies and U.S. government funding, which, in turn, would be fed back into China’s research and development programs, including those of China’s military.

President Bill Clinton expanded the Carter-Deng Xiaoping agreement openly inviting Chinese military scientists into U.S. Department of Defense research centers including the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick.

Some of those invited into U.S. military facilities, like Liang-Ming Liu and Dai-Zhi Peng were clearly identified as PLA officers, other CCP scientists and PLA officers hid their backgrounds.

But no one in the Clinton Administration bothered to check.

Chinese Communist Party

Jing-Ning Huan, also known as Jing-Ning Xun, lists his educational institution as the Shanghai Second Medical University. It is actually the Second Military Medical University of the PLA.

It is unclear why Guo-Ping Li is wearing a U.S. Army uniform while studying advanced laser technologies at the U.S. Army Medical Research Detachment in San Antonio, Texas, or what happened to her afterward.

There is a Guo-Ping Li now working for the Chinese space program using laser technologies for radio telescopes.

In 2011, President Barack Obama extended, indefinitely, the Carter-Deng Xiaoping scientific exchange agreement.

A partial estimate of China’s infiltration of U.S. research programs and industries resulting from the CUSBEA program can be seen online.

Xiao-fan Wang and his wife Xin-nian Dong are graduates of Wuhan University, who came to the United States under the CUSBEA program and are now professors at Duke University.

Xiao-fan Wang is a “foreign” member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Xin-nian Dong is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Qi-Jing Li is a research collaborator of Xiao-fan Wang, who was part of the “scientific chain migration” from China and is now an Associate Professor at Duke University.

Both Xiao-fan Wang and Qi-Jing Li have received more than $22.5 million and $7.4 million, respectively, from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, including Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Both Xiao-fan Wang and Qi-Jing Li have also maintained an active research collaboration with the Chinese military for at least the last ten years involving dozens of PLA my scientists.

Both Xiao-fan Wang and Qi-Jing Li have also maintained an active research collaboration with the Chinese military for at least the last ten years involving dozens of PLA my scientists.

Those activities include training PLA scientists at Duke University, over twenty joint publications with the PLA, much of which was partially funded by the U.S. government.

Qi-Jing Li, for example, is listed as affiliated simultaneously with Duke University and the PLA Third Military Medical University.

Xiao-fan Wang and Qi-Jing Li conducted research with the PLA’s Second (Shanghai), Third (Chongqing) and Fourth (Xi’an) Military Medical Universities and with the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing.

Xiao-fan Wang and Qi-Jing Li are also involved with a present or former PLA officer, Haiyang Wu, in a Chinese company, TCRCure, which is also operating with them at Duke University.

Qi-Jing Li is a co-founder of TCRCure and Xiao-fan Wang is the co-chair of the advisory team. According to the website, TCRCure is developing clinical translational research and conducting human clinical trials with the PLA Cancer Research Institute at the Third Military Medical University. This company has locations in Los Angeles and Durham, North Carolina and two in China, Guangzhou and Chongqing, where the Third Military Medical University is situated.

Xiao-fan Wang is also Director of the International Executive Committee of Performance Evaluation for the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a fact that was purged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology website in 2020.

In a 2010 Chinese language article, Xiao-fan Wang said “I will do more to promote the education and science of the motherland“ (China).

Xiao-fan Wang has done so.

In 2017, Xiao-fan Wang made recommendations for the further development of China’s Talents programs, like “Thousands Talents Plan” and The National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars.

Lastly, having contributed to it, in 2021, Xiao-fan Wang remarked about the future supremacy of China:

“Influenced by the domestic political and economic situation in the U.S. and the new cooperative and competitive relationship between China and the U.S. in the field of science and technology, one foreseeable change is that the channels for doctoral studies and postdoctoral research training in the U.S. are likely to be gradually narrowed, and the number of young talents who have received rigorous research training from top U.S. academic institutions will likely decline significantly after a few years.””…leading to talents ‘Made in China’.”

Today, U.S. research laboratories are de facto extensions of the CCP’s fused military-civilian research program, in which Chinese scientists working in the United States actively collaborate with scientists in China including those connected to China’s biowarfare program.

In essence, China colonized U.S. research programs that are being financed by U.S. taxpayers, likely amounting to billions of dollars.

To this day, there is virtually nothing that happens in U.S. research laboratories about which China’s military is not intimately aware. And the U.S. government is doing nothing about it.

Lawrence Sellin, Ph.D. is retired U.S. Army Reserve colonel and a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq. He had a civilian career in international business and medical research. Dr. Sellin is the author of Restoring the Republic: Arguments for a Second American Revolution. His email address is

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