US intelligence has revealed that China conducted “human testing” on members of the People’s Liberation Army in hope of developing soldiers with “biologically enhanced capabilities,” NBC reported citing top American intelligence official. John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence, included the explosive claim in a long Wall Street Journal op-ed in which he made the case that China poses the pre-eminent national security threat to the United States, NBC said. China conducting biological tests to create Super Soldier.
China conducting biological tests to create “Super Soldier”!
“There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing’s pursuit of power,” wrote Ratcliffe, a Republican former member of Congress from Texas.
“The People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom worldwide since World War 2,” he wrote. “The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the US and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” he added. His office and the CIA did not immediately respond to the claims made by Ratcliffe against China. Last year, two American scholars found out while, in a paper examining China’s ambitions to apply biotechnology to the battlefield, including that Beijing was interested in using gene-editing technology to enhance human and perhaps soldier performance.
Biotechnology could become a new strategy commanding heights of the future ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’
Chinese military scientists and strategists have consistently emphasized that biotechnology could become a new strategy commanding heights of the future ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’. One prominent Chinese general said in 2017 that modern biotechnology and its integration with information, nano technology, and the cognitive etc. domain will have revolutionary influences upon weapons and equipments, the combat spaces, the forms of warfare, and military theories.
Humanity could soon create something “worse than a nuclear bomb- Vladimir Putin
With deep pockets, and a desire to get an edge, the world’s militaries have often driven technological innovation, from state of the art to the humble. Today, enhancement could mean much more than merely giving an individual soldier a better gun. It could mean altering the individual soldier. In 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that humanity could soon create something “worse than a nuclear bomb.” “One may imagine that a man create a man with some given characteristics, not only theoretically but practically too. He can be a genius mathematician, a brilliant musician or a soldier, a man who can fight without fear, compassion, regret, or pain.”
Having a super soldier that means having a edge
Having a super soldier in the ranks is a tantalising prospect for militaries – imagine a soldier who could withstand pain, extreme cold or the need to sleep. But as American attempts to build “Iron Man” show, technologically restraint can drag ambition down to earth.
A 2019 paper from two US academics said that China’s military was “actively exploring” such techniques as gene-editing, exoskeleton and human-machine collaboration. The report was based on comments from Chinese military strategists.
One of the authors, Elsa Kania said that it is important to understand what the Chinese military is discussing and aspiring to actualise, but also to recognise the distance between those ambitions to the reality of where technology is at this moment. This report on China is referring to testing on adults. While some characteristics could be altered in adults using gene-editing, changing the DNA of embryos would after one of the most plausible routes to a “Super Soldier.”