Key Focus

  • "But it is about the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party."
    To clarify rules for researchers and businesses, the prosecutors said they would like to see the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the departments of energy and defense
  • They also floated a potentially controversial new requirement: having researchers with foreign collaborations register those arrangements with a single government body, much as lobbyists who work for overseas governments have to register as "foreign agents." Such a change, said Jay Town, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Alabama, would "give some real teeth" to prosecutors'efforts.
    Coleman said the federal government's concerns about Chinese actions are warranted, but warned that equal efforts should be made to maintain the open and competitive nature of scientific collaboration that has given the United States a "powerful" advantage since the 1950s
  • attorneys warn of upcoming 'spike'in prosecutions related to China ties
    By Catherine MatacicFeb. 7, 2020 , 3:15 PM
    Researchers in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result of a U.S. government initiative to stop economic espionage, say federal prosecutors leading the effort.
  • In addition, Lelling said, prosecutors are coming up with "creative ways" to charge agents suspected of intimidating and monitoring Chinese nationals working and studying on U.S. campuses.
    Though no representatives of the Chinese research or business communities were on stage, multiple speakers emphasized that the effort wasn't launched to single out or prosecute individuals of Chinese descent


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    • ( CHINESE )  top
    • ( CHINESE, PROSECUTORS )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result of a U.S. government initiative to stop economic espionage, say federal prosecutors leading the effort.
    • (Read more)   topIn addition, Lelling said, prosecutors are coming up with "creative ways" to charge agents suspected of intimidating and monitoring Chinese nationals working and studying on U.S. campuses.
      Though no representatives...
    • (Read more)   top
      To clarify rules for researchers and businesses, the prosecutors said they would like to see the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and...
    • (Read more)   top ... for overseas governments have to register as "foreign agents." Such a change, said Jay Town, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Alabama, would "give some real teeth" to prosecutors'efforts.
      Coleman
      said the federal government's concerns about Chinese actions are warranted, but warned that equal efforts should be made to maintain the open and competitive nature of scientific collaboration that...
    • ( CHINESE, PROSECUTIONS )  top
    • (Read more)   top attorneys warn of upcoming 'spike'in prosecutions related to China ties
      By Catherine MatacicFeb. 7, 2020 , 3:15 PM
      Researchers in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions...
    • (Read more)   top
      "Some will complain that [the prosecutions] might have a chilling effect on collaboration with the Chinese. The answer to that is.for good and bad reasons.yes, it will," said Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts,...
    • (Read more)   top.and more prosecutions of both individuals and companies.
    • ( CHINESE, FEDERAL )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result of a U.S. government initiative to stop economic espionage, say federal prosecutors leading the effort.
    • (Read more)   top
      To clarify rules for researchers and businesses, the prosecutors said they would like to see the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the departments of energy and defense
    • (Read more)   top
      Coleman said the federal government's concerns about Chinese actions are warranted, but warned that equal efforts should be made to maintain the open and competitive nature of scientific collaboration that has given the...
    • ( CHINESE, CHINA )  top
    • (Read more)   top attorneys warn of upcoming 'spike'in prosecutions related to China ties
      By Catherine MatacicFeb. 7, 2020 , 3:15 PM
      Researchers in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result...
    • (Read more)   top ... for the district of Massachusetts, at an event yesterday in Washington, D.C. "China has launched a massive nationwide effort to pilfer U.S. technology and know-how and transfer it to China for its own uses, so unfortunately this kind of response is needed."
      Lelling was just one panelist appearing before a packed house at the Center for Strategic and International Studies for...
    • ( CHINESE, TECHNOLOGY )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... said Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, at an event yesterday in Washington, D.C. "China has launched a massive nationwide effort to pilfer U.S. technology and know-how and transfer it to China for its own uses, so unfortunately this kind of response is needed."
      Lelling was just one panelist appearing before a packed house at the Center for Strategic...
    • (Read more)   top... industry, focused on the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) China Initiative, which aims to disrupt what U.S. officials say is a systematic effort by the Chinese government to obtain advanced technology with economic and military value.
      The effort's latest target.and one of the highest profile to date.is Harvard University chemistry chair Charles Lieber, who on 28 January was charged with...
    • ( CHINESE, LELLING )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      Four U.S. attorneys tasked with leading the China Initiative, including Lelling, said to expect more outreach efforts.including a national conference later this year.and more prosecutions of both individuals and companies
    • (Read more)   topIn addition, Lelling said, prosecutors are coming up with "creative ways" to charge agents suspected of intimidating and monitoring Chinese nationals working and studying on U.S. campuses.
      Though no...
    • ( CHINESE, INDIVIDUALS )  top
    • (Read more)   top.and more prosecutions of both individuals and companies.
    • (Read more)   top
      Though no representatives of the Chinese research or business communities were on stage, multiple speakers emphasized that the effort wasn't launched to single out or prosecute individuals of Chinese descent.
    • ( CHINESE, ECONOMIC )  top
    • (Read more)   top
      Researchers in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result of a U.S. government initiative to stop economic espionage, say federal prosecutors leading the effort.
    • (Read more)   top... the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) China Initiative, which aims to disrupt what U.S. officials say is a systematic effort by the Chinese government to obtain advanced technology with economic and military value.
      The effort's latest target.and one of the highest profile to date.is Harvard University chemistry chair Charles Lieber, who on 28 January was charged with lying to the...
    • ( CHINESE, DEFENSE )  top
    • (Read more)   top.is Harvard University chemistry chair Charles Lieber, who on 28 January was charged with lying to the Department of Defense and FBI about his involvement in a Chinese talent program.
    • (Read more)   top ... the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the departments of energy and defense.
    • ( CHINESE, COLLABORATIONS )  top
    • (Read more)   top"Maybe next time an academic does not lie about his connections to a Chinese program, or maybe next time an academic thinks twice or thinks harder about collaborations with a Chinese institution and what the motivations of the institution might be."
      Businesses have also been rattled
    • (Read more)   top They also floated a potentially controversial new requirement: having researchers with foreign collaborations register those arrangements with a single government body, much as lobbyists who work for overseas governments have to register as "foreign agents." Such a change, said Jay Town, U.S....
    • ( CHINESE, CHINA_INITIATIVE )  top
    • (Read more)   topThe discussion, which included representatives from academia and industry, focused on the Department of Justice's (DOJ's) China Initiative, which aims to disrupt what U.S. officials say is a systematic effort by the Chinese government to obtain advanced technology with economic and military value.
      The effort's latest target.and...
    • (Read more)   top
      Four U.S. attorneys tasked with leading the China Initiative, including Lelling, said to expect more outreach efforts.including a national conference later this year.and more prosecutions of both individuals and companies
    • ( CHINESE, BUSINESSES )  top
    • (Read more)   top government has plenty of sticks for prosecuting bad actors, he said, but "we lack the carrot" to convince most businesses to step forward publicly. The "fear of retaliation" is just too great, he said, whether in the form of lawsuits, Chinese government sanctions, or continued intellectual property theft.
      Four...
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      To clarify rules for researchers and businesses, the prosecutors said they would like to see the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation,...
    • ( PROSECUTORS )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result of a U.S. government initiative to stop economic espionage, say federal prosecutors leading the effort. And although they say the criminal cases could harm potentially useful U.S. collaborations with China, the prosecutors believe they will help deter future problems. "Some...
    • (Read more)   top ... China Initiative, including Lelling, said to expect more outreach efforts.including a national conference later this year.and more prosecutions of both individuals and companies. In addition, Lelling said, prosecutors are coming up with "creative ways" to charge agents suspected of intimidating and monitoring Chinese nationals working and studying on U.S. campuses. Though no representatives...
    • (Read more)   top "But it is about the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party." To clarify rules for researchers and businesses, the prosecutors said they would like to see the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and...
    • (Read more)   top ... for overseas governments have to register as "foreign agents." Such a change, said Jay Town, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Alabama, would "give some real teeth" to prosecutors'efforts. Coleman said the federal government's concerns about Chinese actions are warranted, but warned that equal efforts should be made to maintain the open and competitive nature of scientific collaboration that...
    • ( PROSECUTIONS )  top
    • (Read more)   top attorneys warn of upcoming 'spike'in prosecutions related to China ties By Catherine MatacicFeb. 7, 2020 , 3:15 PM Researchers in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions...
    • (Read more)   top ... they say the criminal cases could harm potentially useful U.S. collaborations with China, the prosecutors believe they will help deter future problems. "Some will complain that [the prosecutions] might have a chilling effect on collaboration with the Chinese. The answer to that is.for good and bad reasons.yes, it will," said Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts,...
    • (Read more)   topTwo Chinese students studying in the United States were charged separately on counts of smuggling and failure to register as a foreign agent. Such prosecutions will intensify in 2020, Lelling said, and diminish only when "industry and academia become more sensitized to the problem." The China Initiative, launched in November 2018 by then-Attorney...
    • (Read more)   top ... property theft. Four U.S. attorneys tasked with leading the China Initiative, including Lelling, said to expect more outreach efforts.including a national conference later this year.and more prosecutions of both individuals and companies. In addition, Lelling said, prosecutors are coming up with "creative ways" to charge agents suspected of intimidating and monitoring Chinese nationals working...
    • ( FEDERAL )  top
    • (Read more)   top ... in academia and industry who work with Chinese institutions should expect a "spike" in prosecutions this year as a result of a U.S. government initiative to stop economic espionage, say federal prosecutors leading the effort. And although they say the criminal cases could harm potentially useful U.S. collaborations with China, the prosecutors believe they will help deter future problems. "Some...
    • (Read more)   top "But it is about the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party." To clarify rules for researchers and businesses, the prosecutors said they would like to see the federal government settle on a single set of reporting guidelines from grantmaking bodies, including the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the departments of energy and defense
    • (Read more)   top ... "foreign agents." Such a change, said Jay Town, U.S. attorney for the northern district of Alabama, would "give some real teeth" to prosecutors'efforts. Coleman said the federal government's concerns about Chinese actions are warranted, but warned that equal efforts should be made to maintain the open and competitive nature of scientific collaboration that has given the...