A Harvard professor was convicted of lying to US government authorities on Tuesday about his deep ties to the government of Communist China.
As The Hill reports:
Charles Lieber, chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was convicted on two counts of making false statements to federal authorities, two counts of failing to report foreign financial accounts with the IRS and two counts of making a false tax return.
Lieber was arrested in January of 2020 on Harvard’s campus and accused of failing to disclose foreign financial conflicts of interest when he received over $15,000 in grant funding from both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DoD).
According to authorities, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology in 2011 and was also a contractual participant of China’s Thousand Talents Plan from 2012 to 2017. Harvard, which Lieber joined in 1991, was allegedly unaware of his work in China.
Lieber was charged under the “China Initiative,” which was started by the Trump administration in 2018 with the mission of finding “economic” Chinese spies in the U.S. The initiative has been criticized for targeting and promoting racial profiling against U.S. college professors of Asian descent — particularly those with Chinese heritage.
Stanford University professors asked earlier in the year for the ‘China Initiative’ over fears it engages in ‘racial profiling.’