torsdag 24. februar 2022

‘China Initiative’: US rebadges Trump-era scheme seen as persecuting Chinese academics

The US justice department is scrapping the name of a Trump-era initiative that was intended to crack down on economic espionage by China but has been criticised as unfairly targeting Chinese professors at American colleges because of their ethnicity. The decision to abandon the “China Initiative” and to impose a higher bar for prosecution of professors was announced on Wednesday by the department’s top national security official.

It follows a months-long review undertaken after complaints that the programme chilled academic collaboration and contributed to anti-Asian bias. The department has also endured high-profile setbacks in individual prosecutions, resulting in the dismissal of multiple criminal cases against academic researchers in the last year.