Cambridge Chinese visiting scholar exposed as having PLA background in developing sensitive military technology

The British media reported on Sunday (30) that Feng Junzong, a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge School of Nanoengineering, was found wearing a photo of a military uniform of the People’s Liberation Army, and that Feng had joined the Chinese People’s Liberation Army National University of Defense Technology research, because his participation in graphene research can be applied to military technology, raising questions about the UK’s involvement in sensitive research involving Chinese personnel, which may threaten the security of the British side.

According to reports, Feng Junzong, 38, published a paper by the Nanotechnology Research Group as a co-author in February this year, and reportedly joined the PLA’s National University of Defense Technology when he was 18; a Czech think tank concerned about China’s dynamics found a photo of Feng wearing a PLA uniform from a deleted Chinese website, which was taken in 2016 when he won the first Chinese defense science and technology competition, and even The photo, taken in 2016 when he won his first Chinese defense science and technology competition, lists several awards for weapons development and 17 patents for defense inventions, reflecting Feng’s deep personal ties to the PLA.

At the University of Cambridge, Feng focuses on graphene, a substance that is 200 times harder than steel, more flexible than rubber and more conductive than copper, which could be used to develop military technology. Matthew Henderson, a former diplomatic official based in China’s diplomatic office, pointed out that major dual-use research in the UK has often involved Chinese scientists over the years, but criticized some of the research that could be applied to defense technology, which should be handled with greater confidentiality, or it could put the UK in danger.

A spokesman for the University of Cambridge said Feng did not participate in any experiments during his time at the university and did not enter the laboratory or attend group research meetings, stressing that the university’s research with Chinese personnel does not involve direct military applications, and denied any allegations. A spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Britain said academic exchanges between China and Britain are an integral part of the relationship between the two countries, while Feng Junzong did not respond to reports.