Biden announces new Pentagon-run China task force

In what is becoming a familiar scene in American higher education, a Chinese-born scientist at a high-profile university was recently arrested for his ties to the Chinese government. About a month ago, Gang Chen, a naturalized American citizen and highly respected professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, was indicted by a grand jury for failing to disclose contracts, appointments and awards from various entities in the People’s Republic of China. Authorities say that Chen, who received U.S. Department of Energy grants for his research in nanotechnology, did not properly inform the agency about contracts entitling him to hundreds of thousands of dollars in direct payments from entities in China. Chen’s lawyers have responded aggressively, accusing U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of making “false, highly inflammatory comments that questioned Chen’s character and reputation. MIT has agreed to fund Chen’s defense, and hundreds of his colleagues have signed an open letter testifying to his character.

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