There is a wave of communism that has been festering across the United States from New York City to Portland and Seattle.
And Sen. Tom Cotton wants to nip it in the bud by having criminal charges filed against academics who take funds from the communist Chinese government, Breitbart News reported.
He appeared on Wednesday on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria” and argued that it should be a criminal offense for a college professor or academic to accept funds from the Chinese government.
He also said that measures had to be taken to protect the intellectual property of the United States from China.
“The Chinese Communist Party continues its campaign of intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer,” the senator said. “It is past time for us to insist this stop. The Trump administration and the president have been doing that in various ways. I’ve got legislation that would take more steps, as well. So, for instance, criminalizing the payment of money to American professors and academics who are on the payroll of the Chinese Communist Party or their state-owned enterprises.”
“Right now, you can only prosecute those cases for things like wire fraud or lying on federal documents,” he said. “It’s the act of accepting the Chinese money, itself, that should be criminalized. There are other steps we can take, as well, to stand up for American companies that shouldn’t have to transfer their intellectual property to Chinese partners simply as a condition of doing business with Chinese consumers.”
In January a Harvard professor, Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, was indicted with two Chinese nationals for lying about their ties to the Chinese government, CNN reported.
Federal authorities told reporters the cases highlighted the “ongoing threat” posed by China using “nontraditional collectors” like academics and researchers to steal American research and technology.
Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, who is the chair of Harvard’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, is accused of lying about working with several Chinese organizations, where he collected hundreds of thousands of dollars from Chinese entities, US Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference.
According to court documents, Lieber’s research group at Harvard had received over $15 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense, which requires disclosing foreign financial conflicts of interests.
The complaint alleges that Lieber had lied about his affiliation with the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and a contract he had with a Chinese talent recruitment plan to attract high-level scientists to the country.
“Harvard is cooperating with federal authorities, including the National Institutes of Health, and is conducting its own review of the alleged misconduct,” Harvard University said. . “Professor Lieber has been placed on indefinite administrative leave.”
And in May, professor Simon Ang of the University of Arkansas, was charged with hiding funding from the Chinese, The New York times reported.
“The Department of Justice remains vigilant over programs such as the Thousand Talents program that recruits professors and researchers to work for China,” John C. Demers, the head of the Justice Department’s national security division, said.