A report published this week by the National Pulse shows that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is helping to fund efforts of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to attract foreign scientists to work for the totalitarian regime.
The Gates Foundation’s website shows that it sent a $100,000 grant last month to the CCP Ministry of Science and Technology’s Foreign Talent Research Center.
The grant’s purpose was described as helping to organize a forum on pandemic preparedness and response. The program is designed to use international resources to “improve global health and support disadvantaged populations who are disproportionately impacted by pandemic.”
The new project is to be operated by the Zhongguancun Forum, a CCP conference based in Beijing. The forum’s speakers consist of upper-echelon communist leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The funding of the Foreign Talent Research Center by Gates comes as controversy rages about the probable collaboration of Chinese and U.S. researchers in Wuhan that led to the global outbreak of COVID-19. The CCP has consistently blocked investigations into the origins of the virus. It has also placed Western scientists with close Chinese connections in the investigative positions it has allowed.
In addition to its secretive approach to COVID-19, the CCP has also been scrutinized for recruiting leading scientists from their home countries to work on advancing Chinese manufacturing and military technology.
The Thousand Talents Plan that facilitates the scooping up of Western scientific talent has led to the indictments of several American researchers by the Department of Justice. Federal law requires disclosure of financial connections to the CCP when a scientist receives American taxpayer funding.
Publications by the CCP Foreign Talent Research Center indicate that it also engages in recruiting scientists and researchers away from their home countries to work for Chinese interests.
Its mission statement says that it “formulates and facilitates the implementation of plans for bringing in high-end foreign experts.” It adds that the center “pools top-notch scientists and research teams from abroad.”
In addition to the recently discovered grant, the Gates Foundation has been known to send millions of dollars in funding to Chinese universities with connections to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the second-largest charitable foundation in the world. According to its fact sheet, it holds almost $50 billion in assets.