20 October, 2020

The Name Is Black

A proliferation expert isn't what Delhi wanted, but here's Robert D. Blackwill, who'd rather have been in China

The Name Is Black
When President George W. Bush announced Robert D. Blackwill as Washington's new man in Delhi, his office at Harvard University was quick to add the prefix Ambassador to his name on the answering machine, despite the fact that his appointment will have to be cleared by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Coming under their scrutiny during statutory confirmation hearings will be the controversial 'Colonel Programme' the professor ran at the university and his soft approach to China.

Prof Blackwill has been director of the university's Executive Programme for Senior Chinese Military Officers, that brings Chinese People's Liberation Army (pla) officers to the US. American magazine Insight reported that among the Chinese officers he trained were two colonels who participated in the Tiananmen massacre. The programme is funded by a $7 million donation from Hong Kong millionaire Nina Wang.

The magazine quoted intelligence experts as saying that Blackwill's academic programme came as a boon for Chinese military intelligence since it allowed their officers to visit Harvard...


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