China Exploits Fleet of U.S. Satellites, made by companies like Boeing, to Strengthen Chinese Police and Military Power
Some of America's biggest companies, including private-equity firm Carlyle Group in addition to Boeing, have indirectly facilitated China's efforts
April 27, 2019 - by By Brian Spegele and Kate O'Keeffe for wsj.com
- Some of America's biggest companies, including private-equity firm Carlyle Group in addition to Boeing, have indirectly facilitated China's efforts
Orbiting 22,000 miles above Earth, a fleet of American-built satellites is serving the Chinese government in ways that challenge the U.S.
Nine of these satellites have been part of efforts to connect Chinese soldiers on contested outposts in the South China Sea, strengthen police forces against social unrest and make sure state messaging penetrates far and wide, according to corporate records, stock filings and interviews with executives.
A tenth satellite, under construction by Boeing Co. , would enhance China's competitor to the U.S. Global Positioning System. Besides civilian uses, the navigation system could help China in a potential conflict, such as in guiding missiles to their targets.
All this appears to run counter to the U.S.'s stance of confronting China's military buildup and condemning what international watchdog groups describe as widespread human-rights abuses by China's police. That includes in far-flung territories, where the satellites help the government beam communications. Current and former U.S. officials who reviewed the Journal's findings called the satellite deals worrisome examples of China using U.S. commercial technology for strategic gain...