Beijing-Backed Energy Company Raises U.S. Security Alarms

( – The government of China is being accused of attempting to leverage green energy providers as a means of creating stateside technological dependence on Sino-based industries and assets, according to a think tank that focuses mainly on national security issues. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who is said to be nonpartisan, published their findings on October 23rd.

According to the Washington, D.C.-based organization, inroads made by China in the American electric automobile market have left the United States vulnerable in any number of ways. Their findings zeroed in on what they said was the rapid rise of Fujian, a Chinese EV manufacturer that uses a proprietary battery technology known as Contemporary Amperex Technology.

CATL is widely reported to dominate the worldwide industry for EV batteries. The tech could potentially give the Chinese Communist Party the ability to engage in acts of “sabotage,” computer-based “espionage” and general “intelligence collection,” according to FDD’s report.

The think tank’s findings go on to say that CATL software may be able to compromise internet-connected publicly-available “charging infrastructure.” Once the tech is connected, it could install malicious code on “countless” electric vehicles and lead to the extended monitoring of American citizens, some of whom may be government or military officials with sensitive information at their disposal.

It could furthermore give Fujian the option to execute a complete shut-down of nationwide charging networks. The CCP-backed technology may even have the ability to “disable targeted vehicles,” according to the report. By default, Fujian’s battery software is said to give the company near-unfettered access to America’s power grid.

Similar concerns about the nation’s grid were raised in a recent report published in the Texas Standard. Texas, which has its own independently-operating supply of power, is home to an array of cryptocurrency mines, many of which are run by Chinese citizens. Some are worried that said mining rigs could give China direct access to the Texas grid.

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