Chinanews, September 14th, a comprehensive report, local time on September 13, 177 faculty members of Stanford University signed an open letter requesting the US Department of Justice to terminate the discriminatory "China Action Plan."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian pointed out on the 14th that the so-called "China Action Plan" is essentially a tool for US anti-China forces to abuse the concept of national security to contain and suppress China.
The plan first sets the targets for case handling and then investigates the case. Disregarding judicial justice will only result in unjust, false and wrong cases.
According to reports from Reuters and Singapore’s Lianhe Zaobao, this open letter signed by 177 Stanford professors, scholars, and faculty members pointed out that the “China Action Plan” has “significantly deviated from its claimed mission.”
The plan has led to a significant increase in investigations and prosecutions against academic researchers, but most of these cases have nothing to do with intellectual property theft or scientific or economic espionage.
These surveys disproportionately targeted Chinese researchers, and the "chilling effect" caused by them made many scholars reluctant to go to or stay in the United States.
Co-signers believe that this harms American research and technological competitiveness, encourages prejudice, and raises concerns about racial profiling.
It can be seen from the website page where the letter was published that many of the professors, scholars, and teachers who initiated the co-signature came from physics and applied physics, chemistry, biological engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering and other majors.
In 2018, the then US Attorney General Jeff Sessions launched the "China Action Plan."
The plan is nominally designed to prevent American technology from being "stolen" by China. It proposes that the United States should investigate and prosecute companies and individuals suspected of engaging in "trade secret theft and economic espionage" in order to deal with the "threat posed by Chinese overseas investment." Control China’s "intelligence activities and malicious overseas influence activities."
According to reports, the US Department of Justice has published at least 27 cases related to the "China Action Plan."
Some of the persons involved in the case have been convicted, some have been closed, and others are still under trial.
In April and August 2021, the Asian American Association for the Advancement of Justice and more than 20 Asian groups wrote to the White House and President Biden, respectively, stating that the "China Action Plan" made Asian immigrants, especially Chinese scientists, suffer racial discrimination. , Surveillance and improper prosecution, calling for the suspension of the plan.
In a petition signed by more than 29,000 affected people, these petitioners gave an introduction to the situation in which they were targeted by US law enforcement agencies.
Former U.S. Secretary of Energy and Professor of Physics at Stanford University, Zhu Diwen, also said in an interview with Reuters that the "China Action Plan" not only does not help protect the U.S.'s technological and scientific advantages, but may damage the U.S.'s scientific leadership. status.
Regarding the US plan, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin has previously pointed out that the "China Action Plan" is essentially a tool for a few anti-China politicians to generalize the concept of national security and to frantically contain and suppress China. It is the resurgence of "McCarthyism" in the United States. Another example of.
Such a plan not only caused a serious impact on Sino-US relations, but also aggravated racial discrimination in the United States and caused serious harm to Asian Americans in the United States.
On September 14, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian once again pointed out that the media has exposed that the so-called "China Action Plan" first sets case handling targets and then investigates the case. Such a disregard of judicial justice will only result in unjust, false and wrong cases.
He pointed out that as of the end of March, none of the so-called "typical cases" in the compilation of the so-called "typical cases" published on the US Department of Justice's "China Action Plan" website involved intellectual property and commercial theft, and the allegations were all fraud, misrepresentation, and tax concealment. Wait.
Zhao Lijian said that the joint letter from American university faculty and staff once again proves that more and more people in the United States have realized that this so-called "China Action Plan" is essentially a tool for the US anti-China forces to abuse the concept of national security to contain and suppress China.
"We urge the U.S. to listen to the voices of justice from all walks of life in the U.S., correct mistakes, and stop interfering with normal Sino-U.S. exchanges and cooperation in science, technology, humanities and other fields."