US-China Taiwan Escalation | UK MoD warns former military pilots against working for Chinese military
British Ministry of Defence has warned of recruitment schemes headhunting former British military pilots to train members of the Chinese army.
British warning pertains to the rising US China tensions over Taiwan which hit an old time high when US House Speaker Nancy Pilosi visited the island recently. Polisi was highest ever US official to visit Taiwan. During her visit she promised more support to the island. Shortly after her visit, China launched a major military and naval training.
Up to 30 former pilots are believed to have trained the China’s People’s Liberation Army various reports indicate.
The pilots are reported to have served across the British military and not just in the Royal Air Force. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has issued an intelligence alert warning pilots against taking part.
“We are taking decisive steps to stop Chinese recruitment schemes attempting to headhunt serving and former UK Armed Forces pilots to train People’s Liberation Army personnel in the People’s Republic of China,” a MoD spokesperson said.
“All serving and former personnel are already subject to the Official Secrets Act, and we are reviewing the use of confidentiality contracts and non-disclosure agreements across Defence, while the new National Security Bill will create additional tools to tackle contemporary security challenges – including this one.”