ARLINGTON, Va. – The Justice Department said on Wednesday it had ended a controversial Trump-era effort to combat Chinese national security threats that critics say unfairly targeted. to Asian professors.
A top Justice Department official, Matthew G. Olsen, said in remarks at George Mason University that the agency would instead lay out a broader strategy to address threats from hostile countries.
“We see countries like China, Russia, Iran and North Korea becoming more aggressive and capable in their nefarious activities than ever before,” he said. “These countries seek to undermine our core democratic, economic, and scientific institutions.”
Amendments to the program known as the China Initiative, which brings cases of espionage, trade secret theft and cybercrime under a single banner, come as Beijing continues to use uses espionage, cyberattacks, theft, and propaganda to challenge America’s position as a world leader. economic and military power. Such activity only grows stronger.
The FBI has more than 2,000 investigations into Chinese efforts to steal American information and technology, and opens new cases about every 12 hours involving Chinese intelligence activities, Christopher A. Wray, director of the department, said. said last month. “No country poses a greater threat to our ideas, innovation and economic security than China,” he said.
While the China Initiative has resulted in many supplications and faithseveral cases against scholars ended in acquittal or lay off. In a high profile fiasco, prosecutors withdrawal fee against Gang Chena professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, after the Department of Energy said his undisclosed links to China would not affect his grant application.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/23/us/politics/justice-department-china-trump.html Justice Department ends Trump-era initiative to stem threats from China