DOJ scraps di­vi­sive Chi­na Ini­tia­tive that swept up promi­nent sci­en­tists — but vows to keep guard­ing against aca­d­e­m­ic es­pi­onage

The Chi­na Ini­tia­tive, the con­tro­ver­sial Trump-era pro­gram de­signed to crack down on per­ceived spy­ing and theft of Amer­i­can aca­d­e­m­ic re­search for Bei­jing’s ben­e­fit, is com­ing to an end.

In the wake of com­plaints that the cam­paign un­fair­ly tar­get­ed Asian sci­en­tists — and fol­low­ing sev­er­al high-pro­file cas­es of pros­e­cu­tors drop­ping their charges against re­searchers — the US Jus­tice De­part­ment de­cid­ed to do away with the three-year-old ini­tia­tive, Matthew Olsen, as­sis­tant at­tor­ney gen­er­al for na­tion­al se­cu­ri­ty, an­nounced Wednes­day.

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