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GE and China


By Jim Emerson, staff writer

General Electric sees China as the world’s fastest growing market  and will depend on cheap labor to keep its technological edge. They are able to work with the Chinese state run companies without the restrictions being placed on them by the EPA, OSHA and dealing with labor unions Not only are they selling out American workers they are helping a foreign military to catch up with the U.S. aerospace industry. This is the same company who’s Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt told American companies they need to hire more people. (2)

Dual use technologies

“Dual use” is a term referring to technologies that can be used for civilian and military applications. This is a hot topic when companies are doing business with the Chinese. In order for GE to engage in a joint venture with China’s state-run Aviation Industry Corp it must prove to the U.S. government that none of the technologies shared can be used cannot be used by the military.

Since China has a close relationship between the military and civilian sectors there are legitimate concerns of what the Chinese may learn from GE. What may seem innocent to the untrained eye can be used in deadly weapons. In 2004 china bought Boeing 737s by backward engineering the navigation system that had similar microchips used to guide American missiles and combat aircraft. The navigation system was duel use technology the Chinese should have never been allowed to receive.


Concerned that the Chinese may again benefit from dual use technologies congress have requested that the Pentagon technology security officials to meet with GE to discuss concerns with the joint venture with the Chinese and what technologies will be shared and how this could possibly benefit the People’s liberation Army.

GE insists that this venture does not involve any military technology, and has been interviewed earlier by the Pentagon, Commerce and State Department officials. Considering GE’s cozy relationship with the current administration Rep. J. Randy Forbes, VA expressed “The American people have the right to be appalled that one of their largest corporations is giving away our technological edge and a large segment of our jobs to our nation’s largest military and commercial competitor,” (1)

At least some people get it.

Further reading:

  1. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/31/inside-the-ring-918091775/?page=all#pagebreak
  2. http://www.ge.com/news/our_viewpoints/china.html

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