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Daily Recap — January 30

 

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Clamping Down on the Commies

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For years, China has sent spy after spy into American academia to steal the cutting edge research of our brightest minds, using things like foreign student programs to attain information that their own intelligentsia are incapable of providing. It’s but one of the many ways China routinely steals American intellectual property, something the Trump administration has made a point of fighting since taking office.

Now, we’re beginning to see the fruits of the administration’s efforts.

Harvard University professor Charles Lieber has been charged with lying about his role in a Chinese talent recruitment program known as China’s Thousand Talents Plan, which targets overseas scientists and researchers willing to bring their expertise to China in exchange for things like research funding and lab space.

Lieber allegedly agreed to conduct research, publish articles and apply for patents on behalf of China’s Wuhan University of Technology in exchange for $50,000 per month and about $150,000 in living expenses. He also received $1.5 million to establish a research lab at the Chinese university, authorities said.

Authorities say Lieber hid his involvement in the program from Harvard and told federal investigators in 2018 that he had never been asked to participate in the program. Lieber has been placed on administrative leave and the school announced it is “conducting its own review of the alleged misconduct.”

He’s been at Harvard since 1991 and is described by his research group as a “pioneer in nanoscience and nanotechnology.” He has also won prizes for growing huge pumpkins in the backyard of his Lexington home, including a 1870-pound (850-kilogram) pumpkin in 2014. Guys like Lieber are precious commodity due to a very competitive nanoscience market. The country who leads in nanoscience will have quite the scientific and technological advantage well into the future. If the feds are correct, Lieber was perfectly content to allow China to be that nation.

Congress, in a rare bout of usefulness, released a report last fall detailing the deeds of Chinese recruitment programs such as the Thousand Talents Plan. It found that groups like TTP have been exploited by scientists who have downloaded sensitive research files before returning to China, filed patents based on U.S. research, lied on grant applications and failed to disclose money they had received from Chinese institutions.

Federal prosecutors in Boston also announced charges this week against a researcher at Boston University, who is accused of concealing her ties to the Chinese military. Yanqing Ye, who prosecutors say is a lieutenant in the People’s Liberation Army, lied about her military service to get into the U.S. and researched U.S. military projects and gathered information on two U.S. scientists for the Chinese military, authorities allege.

The FBI has released a wanted poster for Ye, who is believed to be safely back in China.

I’ve got an idea. Let’s put out a wanted poster for FBI employees who know how to vet a Chinese national with access to sensitive intellectual property.

Embarrassing.

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Meanwhile, Lieber was released from custody today and ordered to post a $1 million cash bond, which should be no issue with all his commie cash.

He was required to give up his passport and disclose any foreign bank accounts and is barred from talking to any potential victims or witnesses in the case, among other restrictions. His wife will also hand over her passport after prosecutors raised concerns that she could move cash to another country.

Ivy League elites, selling out America one scientific breakthrough at the time.

Kudos to the Trump administration for giving this issue the attention it demands. It’s about time someone did.

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