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Chinese Companies Are Buying American Military Academies, Lawmaker Warns

Chinese Companies Are Buying American Military Academies, Lawmaker Warns


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Key Points

  • Chinese firms with ties to the Chinese Communist Party have in recent years purchased American military academies that operate military officer training programs.
  • Rep. Michael Waltz (R., Fla.), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says Chinese ownership of these schools could pose a national security threat.
  • “To the extent that those private schools have junior ROTC programs that are forming the backbone of our future leaders of our military, this is something I would hope and would expect the Defense Department would work with me to better understand,” Waltz told the Washington Free Beacon.
  • Waltz on Tuesday sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, urging the Pentagon to survey JROTC programs at private schools across the country to see if they are foreign-owned.

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