Source Title: Chinese scientists arrested indiscriminately! The academic circles in China and the United States denounced the US accusation as “absurd”, and MIT president and faculty signed an open letter to support it
[Global Times reporter Fang Yumo] the US Department of justice arrested Chen Gang, academician of the US Academy of engineering, Professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and famous Chinese scientist, on the ground of “undisclosed contact with Chinese institutions” on the 14th of this month, causing an uproar. New York Times 26 reported that in the 10 days after Chen Gang’s arrest, his colleagues publicly protested that the US prosecution’s action had gone beyond its scope. The president of MIT and more than 160 staff signed an open letter in support of Chen Gang.
On January 14, in the last week of Trump’s term, federal prosecutor lailin of Boston announced the prosecution of Chen Gang, according to the New York Times. &”The prosecution against Chen Gang is jaw dropping, in part because of the huge amount of money involved. &”U.S. prosecutors said that Chen Gang, famous for his research on nanoscale heat conduction physics, has received US $19 million since 2013, as well as US $29 million in foreign funding, including US $19 million from a research university funded by the Chinese government. At a news conference that morning, lailin said he believed that Chen Gang, 56, who was naturalized in the United States 20 years ago, was still loyal to his country of birth. FBI agent bona voronta said that Chen Gang was not accused of passing sensitive information to China, but the strategy used by the Chinese is to promote research cooperation by generously funding the work of foreign scientists. Now the FBI has a counterintelligence investigation about China every 10 hours. ”
Rao Yi, a famous Chinese biologist and deputy director of the Council of Peking University, said that the accusation against Chen Gang by the US prosecution was extremely absurd and that the arrest was “racist”;. According to the New York Times, in the indictment filed five days later by the US prosecutors, there was no mention of the $19 million from Chinese universities;. On January 22, Rafael & middot; Reeve, President of MIT, issued an open letter, saying that the & quot; 19 million US dollars from China & quot; quoted in the criminal proceedings is not Chen Gang’s personal income, but is part of a well-known cooperation between MIT and China Southern University of science and technology. Chen Gang is the first president of the project, but this is not his personal cooperation with China. The letter reiterated its support for the Chinese community. According to the report, Chen Gang refused to plead guilty to the U.S. charges and was released on bail of $1 million. MIT is paying for his legal defense, which is unprecedented in similar cases;.
&”Compared with previous cases, if scholars protest against Chen Gang more fiercely, it is because colleagues feel that the activities Chen Gang is accused of concealing are just ordinary acts. &”The New York Times quoted Huang Yasheng, a professor at MIT’s Sloan School of management, as saying,” this is what our academic community does every day & mdash; & mdash; writing letters of recommendation and raising funds to support research. “;. On the cooperation project between MIT and China University, Chen Gang’s colleague and friend Suo Zhigang said that the deal achieves two goals: & lt; helping Chinese people research nanotechnology, but the ultimate goal is to raise money for MIT & gt;.
In an article published by Maggie Lewis, a law professor at Xidong University in the United States, supchina, a US News website that focuses on China, said on the 26th that Chen Gang’s strong support shows that the “China Initiative” plan of the US Department of justice has failed, and more and more people are calling for the end of the plan. It is reported that the & quot; China initiative & quot; was launched in November 2018. So far, more than 10 American scholars have been charged. According to the article, the Chen Gang case highlights two major problems of the “China Initiative”: over emphasis on national security and bias, and its prosecution is based on the so-called “relationship with Chinese entities” rather than economic espionage. The case should be the end of the China initiative, and the Biden administration should change that. According to the South China Morning Post, critics believe that the “China Initiative” has caused significant collateral damage, including the chilling effect on scientific exchanges and the demonization of Asian Americans. According to the Wall Street Journal on the 22nd, the US Department of justice is considering an “amnesty plan” to encourage scholars to disclose their financial links with foreign countries without facing criminal investigation. According to the report, senior officials have been circulating a draft drafted in accordance with this guideline.