More than 30 former British military pilots have been recruited by China, according to the UKs Defence Ministry . The number of pilots visiting China has increased dramatically since the Covid-19 pandemic .
Hong Kong (Today) – More than 30 former British military pilots have been recruited by China, including those who have flown modern fighter jets, according to the Hong Kong Times.Former military pilots have been recruited by China, according to the UK's Defence Ministry.In the worst-case scenario, a conflict over Taiwan will then have prior knowledge of Western tactics as far as the air war is concerned, according to The HK Post.According to The HK Post, the number of pilots visiting China has increased dramatically since the Covid-19 pandemic.That the Chinese attempted and perhaps succeeded to a certain degree in recruiting retired air force pilots indicates that more countries could be involved in this espionage scheme.The United Kingdom and Australia are already out in the open.China may be using the African continent as a springboard to lure retired pilots to China, which should not come as a surprise to the West.China has long been understood by the West as an instrument used by China to steal technology and reverse engineer it, according to The HK Post.China has gone one step further today by purchasing Western forces in the form of human resources with expertise in aerial combat. Moreover, these pilots could fly Chinese fighter jets and suggest ways to improve combat efficiency, according to The HK Post.Australia and the United Kingdom launched investigations in October after it was discovered that their fighter pilots planned to take up jobs in China to provide instruction to the PLA air force's pilots.Various reports have surfaced that former Western air force pilots are being recruited through intermediaries, in this case a South African flying academy.According to a HK Post spokesperson, the UK government approached their pilots and told them not to work with China. According to The HK Post, some of the packages cost up to Pound 237,911 (USD 270,000).The UK became aware of a limited number of cases of former military pilots being recruited in 2019, which were handled on a case-by-case basis.When travelling to China became next to impossible, the Covid-19 pandemic slowed down attempts, but those attempts have since increased.Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles opened an investigation into whether his country's pilots were being recruited by Chinese defence forces. An initial investigation into the allegations that Australian fighter pilots were approached by China revealed enough evidence to warrant a more comprehensive investigation.Former Australian pilots were accused of transferring to the South African flight school, which was cited earlier.Following a US plea, Australian authorities arrested Daniel Duggan, a retired US Marine Corps Officer, in October.Top Gun Australia is a private adventure flight company run by Duggan.