US Drops Case Against MIT Professor Accused of Hiding China Ties

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The Facts

  • Prosecutors have moved to drop the case against an MIT professor accused of hiding research conducted for the Chinese government.

  • Gang Chen was accused of hiding China affiliations when applying for $2.7M in grants from the Dept. of Energy in 2017.

The Spin

Pro-China narrative

The 'China Initiative' is a xenophobic witch hunt that undermines America's scientific research and international image. It's nothing more than a tool for discriminating against China by abusing the concept of national security.

Anti-China narrative

Although the government must avoid racial profiling, the program has resulted in many high-profile convictions, suggesting that concerns over intellectual property theft are warranted.

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