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A Disturbing Review of Stolen and Failing Chinese Technology

A Disturbing Review of Stolen and Failing Chinese Technology

Shaking skyscrapers and poorly constructed rail cars latest in long, list of failed Chinese construction.

I find it quite fascinating that the media is now beginning to accept the theory that COVID’s origins could be attributed to a laboratory leak in Wuhan, as we had been on asserting that possibility in early 2020.

The Chinese mishandling of infectious agents is merely one in a long list of potentially deadly scientific missteps. There have been several news stories in the last few weeks and months that show disturbing and potentially catastrophic failures of many engineering projects.

Last year, experts questioned the massive Three Gorges Dam’s safety, warning that it could collapse at any moment due to summer rains. Unfortunately, we do not know if anyone resolved the engineering issues associated with that structure with the summer rainy season approaching.

More recently, officials evacuated and closed the 1,167-feet SEG Plaza in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen as the skyscraper began to wobble.

The Shenzhen government said on its microblog that no additional swaying had been detected since Tuesday, when the moving building caused objects on desks in the building to move and workers were evacuated from the tower.

Panicked pedestrians could be seen fleeing the area after the rocking began in videos shared to social media. Several nearby buildings were also evacuated, as police and fire crews sealed off the surrounding area.

“Based on an analysis, any seismic event has been ruled out as a possible cause,” the Shenzhen government said, adding that the building’s infrastructure, windows and other architectural features appeared undamaged and there were no signs of cracks in the surrounding streets.

A little closer to home, the Boston Globe reported the mounting issues facing the new line of Red and Orange Line subway cars built by Chinese-state owned company CRRC for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

The MBTA announced earlier this month that the delivery of the 400+ rail cars for the two lines would be a year late, with the last set of trains now set to be delivered in late 2024. The Globe’s investigation highlights a myriad of reasons why, from missing supplies and parts sent to the wrong worksite to installation and vehicle testing delays to unfinished cars stalling on the assembly line.

It gets worse:

“…two full train sets had to be taken out of service to diagnose a loud rubbing noise near the carriages. Moreover, there was a problem with the first set of replacement parts that further set the fix back, an ‘unacceptable’ development that fuming Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officials said was an ‘example of CRRC’s poor-quality management.’”

All of this has led to the project is falling significantly behind schedule.

Now China is promoting the success of its Mars rover, which is now sending back pictures. I would like to point out that in 2018, Chinese spies hacked 45 separate US entities….including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Two Chinese nationals associated with the Chinese government — with conspiracy to commit computer intrusions, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

The hackers waged their cyber campaign for more than a decade, starting in 2006, according to prosecutors, and stole secrets from businesses and governments around the globe, including more than 45 technology companies and US government agencies, such as the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab. Prosecutors also allege that the hackers stole “confidential data” from the US Navy, including information on more than 100,000 personnel.


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American Human | May 24, 2021 at 7:08 pm

Do I need to say it? This will be happening here when schools such as MIT and Rensselaer Polytech, Georgia Tech, and Harvey Mudd universities (and others) start getting rid of racist math. This is what you get when 2+2 = 5

    JHogan in reply to American Human. | May 24, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Diversity of answers to math problems is woke mathematics strength! Forward Comrades!

    healthguyfsu in reply to American Human. | May 24, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    It’s not important that the bridge collapsed. The important thing is that you thought differently than everyone else by trying to prop it up with popsicle sticks instead of concrete. Good job, woke johnny!

    txvet2 in reply to American Human. | May 24, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    “”such as MIT and Rensselaer Polytech, Georgia Tech, and Harvey Mudd universities (and others) start getting rid of racist math.””

    According to whom? One of these was my alma mater, so I’m interested.

      American Human in reply to txvet2. | May 25, 2021 at 7:55 am

      Sir, no disrespect to your alma mater, I am also an engineer but haven’t attended one of those schools. I merely indicated that getting rid of racist math will affect even the best of our engineering schools. More of the Tacoma Narrows bridge kind of thing.

      fscarn in reply to txvet2. | May 25, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      Because my son is a grad of Rensselaer I am familiar with the way the place is run. Its president is Shirley Ann Jackson who is as woke as they come and who significant is a member of the CFR.

      It would appear that Jackson has some talents as an engineer since she was educated and employed prior to all the incredible loony-ness about identify (which began in earnest in the 1980s). But there is little doubt that her appointment at RPI is straight-up AA.

    “2+2 = 5”

    You poor guy. Even Le Bron James knows 2+2 = 5 1/2.

chrisboltssr | May 24, 2021 at 7:13 pm

China is the enemy of the United States. They treat us as their enemy but heaven forced we do the same.

As for why that building is swaying after 20 years I can only gander there are some deteriorating materials which are finally giving way. Those engineers better find them real quick!

    This is a ChiComm state secret, but Stacey Adams and Michelle Obama were in an anti-American conference on the top floor of that building on that day.

    No wonder the buiding was tipping over.

    Lucifer Morningstar in reply to chrisboltssr. | May 25, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    As for why that building is swaying after 20 years I can only gander there are some deteriorating materials which are finally giving way.

    The way I read it the building wasn’t “swaying” (which is typical of tall buildings) but was “shaking” as if it were in an earthquake. In fact, an earthquake was the first thing they checked for as the cause of the movement. But they found no indication one had occurred. But you’re correct. The building’s engineers better find out what the hell is going on before it gets worse.

henrybowman | May 24, 2021 at 7:37 pm


the Boston Globe reported the mounting issues facing the new line of Red and Orange Line subway cars built by Chinese-state owned company CRRC for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA).

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of communists. Drinks all around.

Like the Soviet Union before them, the Chinese Commies rely more on stealing technology and IP rather than conceiving, innovating, and developing it themselves.

Which means they will often never understand it as well as those who conceived, innovated, designed, and developed it. Making it more difficult to build on what was stolen using their own intellectual resources.

Of course, in Comrade Biden’s New Amerika the traditional behavior of high technology entrepreneurs and innovators will be considered ‘white’ behavior. And manifestations of ‘white supremacy’ and ‘systemic racism’. So in the future the ChiComs won’t have to worry about falling behind. We’ll be letting them catch up by doing less and less ourselves.

And they know it. In the past we had the best STEM grad schools in the world. And Chinese grad students came here to attend them. The number of Chinese grad students coming here is in decline. Matching what is shaping up to be the inevitable decline in the quality of our grad schools, if things go according to Comrade Biden’s CRT/BLM based plans.

    healthguyfsu in reply to JHogan. | May 24, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    This presents a problem for China because they may not have America to steal from and take credit for in the future.

      JHogan in reply to healthguyfsu. | May 24, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      But they won’t be behind us scientifically and technologically. So they won’t care.

      Unless some other nation, group of nations, or group of individuals fills the intellectual vacuum we’ll enter a period of scientific and technological stagnation. Or even decline. But it won’t be noticed for many decades because of the momentum from 300 years of scientific discovery and technological innovation.

      Marxists don’t care about this. They only care about power and performing their social and economic engineering experiments on the human race.

      Can they steal Biden and Harris? I mean, they already own them.

    buck61 in reply to JHogan. | May 24, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    those chinese students are a cash cow for universities, there is no way they will give up that easy money without a fight

    The communist Chinese have NO tech sector developing anything of consequence. Every major advance in pretty much anything is stolen. I believe that the government discourages innovation much the same way they discourage independent thought.

healthguyfsu | May 24, 2021 at 8:01 pm

I can’t find anything in our kitchen. I didn’t organize it. I don’t use it as much. It’s really only mine in name but it’s mostly my wife’s. The only things I do know is how I would have organized it and that it’s not organized that way. I often have many finding fails in my kitchen that hinders any chance I have to do anything much with it.

This is analogous to China’s problem with stolen technology. They are in another cook’s kitchen and out of place. They are likely to do more bad than good.

UnCivilServant | May 24, 2021 at 8:20 pm

And people wonder why I go out of my way to avoid things made in China. Pretty much any other part of the world would be okay, just not the CCP.

I’m surprised the Three Gorges hasn’t failed yet.

Note the same level of attention to QA, QC, and assorted other potential problems by Chinese engineers and scientists gave us the Wuhan virus. That is, if one assumes the release was an ‘accident’.

I think we should expect more oopsies, oversights, and ‘accidents’ from Chinese engineers and scientists.

And from American ones in about a generation once CRT educational standards have been in place for awhile.

We may not even notice. Microsoft has already blazed a trail in getting consumers to accept substandard, buggy, and broken products that still kinda, sorta ‘work’. Most of the time.

With.Clinton, Obama and Biden, the Chicomms didn’t have to hack.anything: it was given to them. It started with Clinton giving (he wad bribed, of course) the Chicomms our missle tech. Remember??

An article in Music Radar about Chinese clones of American made guitar effects pedals, demonstrated China wasn’t “reverse engineering” them but copying the American made pedals outright. The Chinese maker (Mooer) went so far as to directly copy the embedded software – which included the copyright / trademark code of the US mfg (Electro Harmonix / EHX (maker of some really cool FX pedals)).


    UnCivilServant in reply to MrE. | May 24, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Well, you can’t just open a factory, you have to turn over all of your intellectual property to a chinese company to do the manufacturing, and they often just run the assembly lines beyond the volume of the orders, using the capital investment you made to produce product they compete with you with. It is genuinely stupid to do business in china.

      UnCivilServant in reply to UnCivilServant. | May 24, 2021 at 9:41 pm

      Not to mention their far more lax quality control, that just spirals downward until they’re shovelling broken crap out the door to meet numerical obligations by the time the company they parasitized is too heavily locked in to re-establish their factories in a better place. After all, the made in china material has destroyed their reputation, and they’d end up eating a massive loss on the capital investment that is being used against them.

        henrybowman in reply to UnCivilServant. | May 25, 2021 at 6:13 am

        My favorite was the dog food that poisoned the dogs, because the poison they deliberately added showed up as protein on the nutritional testing equipment, and was so much less expensive than actual protein.

    tbonesays in reply to MrE. | May 26, 2021 at 12:46 am

    Next door if you want spare parts for many long gone brands of piano, a facsimile from China is the only choice.

The Friendly Grizzly | May 24, 2021 at 9:35 pm

Why is Boston buying Chinese transport equipment?

I’m old enough to recall “Chinese junk” referred to a sailing ship.

Russ from Winterset | May 24, 2021 at 9:48 pm

I was in the last year as a Civil Engineering student when the Three Gorges dam was completed. We had a presentation in our ASCE chapter meeting on the construction process, I was sitting behind my geotechnical professor at the time. He was working his ass off to not break out laughing while watching the short video lauding the construction process. One quote I remember is “Gee, do you think any of the field inspectors dared to report a failed inspection?”

Failure at 3 Gorges was baked into the cake from day one. Not a question of if but when.

San Jose Costa Rica just put some new CRRC trains in service with more on order, we’ll see how theirs hold up

China has a major problem making a distinction between efficiency vs expediency. They can get things done on time but not without major flaws.

That’s the problem when politics corrupts everything. We only have to look around us at what is happening here. Everything the government touches turns to crap. Then they rationalize about whose fault it is but those in power pat themselves on the back and pocket the money.

I am shocked at the temerity of Leslie Eastman in using banned words in this article. The title should read:

A Disturbing Review of Stolen and Failing – ‘Nameless’ Technology.

XXXXXXX should be replaced by nameless.

Don’t come a-knockin’ when my skyscraper’s rockin’.