FBI crack­down on Chi­na’s R&D es­pi­onage in­ten­si­fies with new ar­rests and one fugi­tive in San Fran­cis­co

In­ten­si­fy­ing the crack­down on undis­closed Chi­nese ties with­in US re­search in­sti­tu­tions, the Jus­tice De­part­ment has charged four sci­en­tists — three of them study­ing bi­ol­o­gy or med­i­cine — with visa fraud for al­leged­ly ly­ing about their work for Chi­na’s mil­i­tary.

The FBI has ar­rest­ed three and is point­ing fin­gers at the Chi­nese con­sulate in San Fran­cis­co for har­bor­ing the fourth, putting at­ten­tion and pres­sure on Chi­na’s diplo­mat­ic mis­sions just one day af­ter the US or­dered the clo­sure of its Hous­ton out­post.

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