Dunford: Google’s work in China is providing a ‘direct benefit’ to the Chinese military

Google is helping China’s People’s Liberation Army, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has told Congress on Thursday.

“The work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefitting the Chinese military,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“Frankly, ‘indirect’ may be not be a full characterization of the way it really is,” Dunford continued. “It’s more of a direct benefit to the Chinese military.”

Google announced last year that it will cease working with the Pentagon on a project to have artificial intelligence analyze footage from drones, yet the massive tech company has opened an artificial intelligence center in Beijing.

“I have a hard time with companies that are working very hard to engage in the market inside of China, and engaging in projects where intellectual property is shared with the Chinese, which is synonymous with sharing it with the Chinese military, and then don’t want to work for the U.S. military,” Dunford said on Nov. 17 at the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada. more

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