Several Republican senators are pressing the Biden Justice Department over why a program set up to catch Chinese spies was dropped.
At the same time, they are asking to know how the DoJ will now deal with stopping Chinese espionage on US soil, Just the News report.
Led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the lawmakers wrote a alphabet visited Garland last week to inquire about the recent termination of the so-called China Initiative, introduced by the Trump administration in 2018 to maintain America’s technological advantage.
The program is specifically designed to identify and prosecute those engaged in hacking, stealing trade secrets, and conducting economic espionage for the Chinese government inside the United States.
“On February 23, 2022, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the effective end of the China Initiative and the implementation of a new ‘Counter-Country Threats Strategy. , will complement the work of the China Initiative in addition to efforts involving countries such as Russia, Iran and North Korea,” the lawmakers wrote last week.
In notification The end of the China Initiative, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division stated that although China “stands by” as a spy threat “brazen” ”, but a “broader approach” is needed to deal with threats from “diversity” of countries, calling the effort “strategy against national threats- government “.
The GOP senators “expressed concern that the new approach is not well defined and therefore may not be effective in combating nefarious activities carried out by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).” practice,” Just News reported.
“In light of the continued national security threat posed by the CCP, and the lack of clarity surrounding the new DOJ’s ‘Strategy to Combat National-Threats,’ we write that seeking clearly related to changes in the DOJ’s approach,” the senators wrote.
“In particular, enforcement efforts to combat espionage and other illegal activities conducted by the CCP,” the letter added.
Mike Orlando, acting director of the Center for Counterintelligence and National Security, said Chinese espionage costs the United States between $200 billion and $600 billion a year in stolen technology and data.
The China initiative has resulted in a number of high-profile arrests and convictions, including that of Charles Lieber, a prominent nanotechnology professor who chairs Harvard’s Department of Chemistry. He was found guilty of lying to authorities about multiple connections to Beijing.
“However, the Justice Department ended the program, admitting to bowing to pressure from a loose coalition of lawmakers, nonprofits and academics who argued the initiative was aimed at targeting people of Asian descent with racist backgrounds,” Just the News reported.
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