Cox report recommendation highlights
House report: China espionage probably still ongoing
May 25, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Besides a proliferation of data that a U.S. congressional committee says proves two decades of nuclear technology espionage by China, the Cox report released Tuesday contains 38 far-reaching recommendations that could seriously affect U.S.-Sino relations.
Dealing with nuclear technology, satellite launches and super computer sales, the select committee's report recommends a semiannual report from the president on Beijing's espionage efforts, putting the Department of Defense in charge of monitoring satellite launches in China, and possibly dumbing down powerful computers before sale in China.
It also recommends that Russia restrict its technology transfer to China and directs U.S. intelligence agencies to analyze Beijing's efforts to "exploit the open character of U.S. society by penetrating businesses, academic and social institutions."
Highlights of the Cox recommendations include:
The president should report to congressional leaders at least once every six months on actions taken by the Departments of Energy and Defense, the FBI, CIA and other executive agencies to respond to espionage by China.
The United States, through economic and other incentives, should work to reduce the transfer of military technology from Russia and other nations to China.
The State Department should license satellite exports and oversee satellite launch failure investigations.
Legislation should be proposed to make the Defense Department, not satellite firms, responsible for security at international launches.
To purchase U.S. high-performance computers, China should be required to establish by September 30 an open verification system. It should include unannounced inspections of the computer users in China by U.S. nationals. If China does not comply, the U.S. government should lower the performance level of high- performance computers that China may import.
Legislation should be proposed to require the executive department to review comparatively open export policies to Hong Kong, a former British colony that reverted back to Mainland China control in 1997.
The final recommendation urges intelligence agencies to study China's plans to acquire U.S. technologies. That includes China's "efforts to exploit the open character of U.S. society by penetrating businesses, academic and social institutions, and political practices."
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