(TechnologyReview) A new report from an American intelligence startup called Strider alleges that China is getting its lead in quantum by “exploit[ing] Western government research funding to train Chinese quantum scientists at Western research institutes.” At the center of this strategy is Jian-Wei Pan, a man known in Beijing as the country’s “father of quantum,” according to the report, viewed by MIT Technology Review.
Strider’s conclusion—that China is effectively using European and American funding and cooperation to develop military applications for quantum tech—mirrors in some ways a Senate report from earlier this month.
The report details the close partnership between the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), where Pan works, and Germany’s Heidelberg University, as well as several other Western schools. It also points to several relationships between USTC and Chinese government-funded defense contractors that have recently invested and advanced in quantum tech.