A US intelligence official confirmed that China has conducted human experiments on members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, in an attempt to develop soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities.
The announcement was made by John Ratcliffe, director of the National Intelligence Service, in an article published in the Wall Street Journal, in which he emphasized that China poses a prominent threat to US national security.
Ratcliffe, a former Republican congressman from Texas, said in his article that there were no moral limits to Beijing’s efforts to impose its control.
Neither his office nor the Central Intelligence Agency responded to requests for more details about this statement, in which he asserts that China is seeking to build super soldiers like the ones we see in the films as “Captain America” or “Universal Soldiers”.
And last year, two American scientists presented a research paper examining China’s efforts to develop biotechnology that it uses in battles, including the use of gene-editing technology to enhance human performance, and here the discussion revolves around the fighters and their performance.
The two researchers discussed Chinese attempts to find a method for gene editing, using “CRISPR” technology that was previously used to treat genetic diseases and to make modifications to plants.
Western scientists argue that attempts to manipulate genes to boost the performance of healthy people are unethical.
Researcher Elsa Kania, an expert in Chinese defense technology at the Center for New American Security, and Wilson Furndick, a consultant on China affairs and a former US Navy officer, stated in the paper: “Although using this technology to increase human capabilities on battlefields in the future is only hypothetical now. However, several indications confirm that Chinese military researchers have begun to explore its potential.
“Chinese scientists have repeatedly emphasized that biotechnology may become a new strategy for revolutionizing the future of military affairs,” they added, according to an article published in 2015 in a military newspaper.
The researchers hinted that a prominent Chinese general said in 2017 that modern biotechnology and its integration with information, nanotechnology, and other fields of knowledge will have revolutionary effects on weapons, equipment, battlefields, forms of future wars, and military theories.
During a phone call, Vorndik expressed his concern about the features that will be available on the battlefields, which will be provided by this research, which will certainly have negative consequences by tampering with human genes.