Researchers of Chinese origin employed by the USA …
Scientists of Chinese origin or Chinese who obtained US citizenship, passed the results of their work to the Chinese authorities. American National Institute of Health (NIH) in cooperation with the FBI from he is investigating this April on as many as 180 cases of submitting to China results of research conducted by scientists employed in a total of 71 American scientific institutions. In many cases, we are talking about prestigious medical universities kept from public funds. The daily informed about the investigation "The New York Times".
In almost all cases, data was provided by scientists of Chinese origin or naturalized US citizens. The investigation gained momentum after NIH, informed by the FBI about the possibility of reporting the results, sent out 18 thousand. letters calling on administrators at US-funded research institutions to be especially vigilant. Then it came to light that 71 institutions were provided with the results of research for China, for which the US pays.
According to NIH, in 24 cases there may be criminal charges, which will ultimately be decided by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Welfare. Dr. Michael Lauer, a representative of the NIH, reported that the data transfer process concerned "any biomedical research discipline." In the background there is also the fact of providing China with such sensitive information as regarding genetic research, where the genetic data of US residents is used.
The National Institute of Health also reported that some researchers have obtained patents in China for work financed by the US government and owned by US institutions. Others are suspected of creating so-called shadow labs that secretly used American research. A dozen people suspected of espionage resigned from work or were dismissed. In several cases, accusations have been made of accepting financial benefits from the Chinese Government in violation of applicable rules.
The investigation is a water mill for those who claim that the openness of the American scientific system facilitates espionage. At the same time, it raised serious concerns among academics who are concerned about the possibility that all scientists of Chinese origin will become victims of harassment.