Bloomberg: US prosecutors are expected to seek dismissal of charges against Gang Chen, a professor at MIT, who’s accused of failing to disclose research ties to China. This is according to a Washington Post report. The newspaper also says that at least eight defendants had their charges related to the China Initiative dropped or were acquitted over the past year. Does the ministry have a comment on this case and the FBI and the Department of Justice’s China Initiative?
Zhao Lijian: I noted the reports and won’t comment on an individual judicial case in the US. I would just like to reiterate that it is the Chinese government’s consistent belief that personnel exchange and cooperation should be conducted on the basis of abiding by laws and upholding science, integrity and professional ethics. Relevant Chinese policies and measures are essentially no different from the common practice in other countries.
There is an old Chinese saying to the effect that “He who has a mind to frame others can easily trump up some charges”. The US Department of Justice’s “China Initiative” sets caseload target before conducting investigation. It can only lead to miscarriage of justice. According to reports, most of the China-Related Cases Examples under this initiative over the past two years do not involve intellectual property or trade secrets theft. Such wanton disregard for judicial justice and fabrication of charges has been strongly opposed and condemned by people who believe in justice around the world. Not long ago, nearly 2,000 university scholars across the US signed an open letter to the Attorney General in protest of this initiative. Besides, 192 Yale professors wrote and signed a letter to the Attorney General pointing out that the strategy has “fundamental flaws”. Over 20 Asian groups wrote to the US President demanding the end of it. The United Chinese Americans protested outside the US Department of Justice demanding the end of the initiative.
As facts have proven, the “China Initiative” is nothing but a clumsy tool used by anti-China forces in the US to abuse the national security concept to suppress and contain China. The US should heed the just call from all sectors, correct its wrong practice as soon as possible, stop seeing China as an imaginary enemy, stop its discriminatory acts and political manipulation, and stop disrupting and undermining normal China-US exchange and cooperation in science, technology, people-to-people and cultural fields.