German press: Retired German Air Force officers may be involved in the development of China's military operation against Taiwan
The German Ministry of Defense is concerned about the high likelihood of disclosure of state secrets and military secrets by former officers of the German air force, who are now working as instructors in China. Spiegel writes about this, referring to the military ministry.
The German press claims that several former military pilots of the German Air Force are currently in China. They work for the Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLA Air Force) through the shell company Lode-Tech.
The publication recalls that the owner of the company, Su Bing, was detained in the United States back in 2016 on charges of spying for China. But then he was exchanged for Canadians - a husband and wife, who were detained in China, considering them spies.
The official response of the Ministry of Defense of Germany to the request of the publication states that China is trying to recruit former military pilots of Germany and other NATO countries to work as instructors for its Air Force. In China, pilots are promised big salaries.
The German military department believes that retired officers will not only teach Chinese pilots how to fly fighter jets, but will also tell the Chinese military various secrets, including technical data and air combat tactics of NATO military aviation.
Spiegel notes that Chinese pilots are being trained at the Qiqihar military airfield, near the border with the Russian Federation. German intelligence agencies say there is a high probability that retired German Air Force pilots will participate in the development of the air part of scenarios for China's upcoming attack on Taiwan.
How many German pilots are in China is not reported, but it is known that their salaries are many times higher than the military pensions of Bundeswehr officers.
- German Air Force
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