Chinese Theft of American Trade Secrets Is Fulfilling Bible Prophecy
A recent report by the United States Justice Department shows that billions of dollars worth of patented American technology was recently stolen by a Chinese state-owned company. The victim, Micron Technology Inc., said the theft of its patented dynamic random-access memory (dram) chip technology was worth up to $8.8 billion.
This is far from an isolated incident.
For more than a decade, China has fueled its economic growth largely with the systematic theft of American commercial technology and intellectual property. In addition to Micron’s dram chip technology, the Chinese have been caught stealing U.S. intellectual property regarding jet engines, wind turbine know-how, biopharmaceutical products, genetically modified rice and much more.
A December 12 report submitted to the Senate Intelligence Committee shows that no other nation engages in theft of U.S. trade secrets on a level even approaching that of China: “From 2011–2018, more than 90 percent of the Department’s cases alleging economic espionage by or to benefit a state involve China, and more than two thirds of the Department’s theft of trade secrets cases have had a nexus to China,” the report said.
Even when China’s operatives are caught, the Chinese leadership is undeterred. John Bennett, the special agent heading up the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s San Francisco office, told the LA Times on November 16, that Chinese leaders “don’t care if they get caught or if people go to jail. As long as it justifies their ends, they are not going to stop.”
Despite getting caught from time to time, as with the Micron case, China’s efforts as a whole are largely successful. Experts say that, altogether, China’s intellectual property theft costs the U.S. between $225 billion and $600 billion each year.
More and more onlookers are coming to recognize how serious this ongoing assault is. But there is something far more momentous about China’s theft of American intellectual property that very few experts recognize: This kind of theft was foretold in Bible scriptures written thousands of years ago.
Deuteronomy 28, sometimes called one of the Bible’s “blessings and curses” chapters, lists specific ways God promised that He would bless the nations of Israel if they obeyed Him, and specific ways He would curse the nations if they rejected Him. (“Israel” here refers mainly to the United States and Britain, which is explained in our free book The United States and Britain in Prophecy, by Herbert W. Armstrong.)
Verse 33 states: “The fruit of your land, and all your labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed always.” China’s ongoing theft of American intellectual property and trade secrets is a clear fulfillment of this prophecy.
On the Senate floor last year, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer discussed the endemic problem of China’s stealing American intellectual property. “China continues to steal our family jewels, the things that have made America great: the intellectual property, the know-how in the highest-end industries,” he said. “It makes no sense.”
In ordinary circumstances, Schumer would be right in saying this ongoing, nation-threatening thievery of the U.S.’s most prized knowledge and assets “makes no sense.” But since the U.S. was prophesied in the Bible to have its “fruit” and “labors” devoured by an enemy nation, the pattern we see playing out today makes perfect sense. America has rejected God. As a result, God is letting the fruits of the country’s labor be pilfered by an antagonistic nation—precisely as He warned in Deuteronomy 28:33.
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