“There’s no doubt that the Lighthizer report, and news of Ms. Meng’s arrest, made Zhang and his associations increasingly radioactive, especially with the increased scrutiny of China’s infiltration of Silicon Valley. There has been no police investigation of his death on December 1, and his family insist it was a suicide. But there are those who wonder if that claim is accurate, and whethergiven Zhang’s far-reaching and potentially explosive knowledge of China’s activities in Silicon Valley--Chinese agents have had a hand in his demise.
Either way, Zhang’s story is a tragedy. But it is also a warning, that China’s competition with the U.S. for high-tech supremacy involves Beijing establishing beachheads right here in the U.S. These include the place where America’s high-tech crown jewels are kept, namely Silicon Valley. It’s time to take the necessary steps to make sure that we don’t lose those crown jewels through neglect or greed, and thereby lose the high-tech race for the future.”