DOJ Drops Trump’s “China Initiative” Designed to Stop China’s Spying

Faye Higbee
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The China Initiative was instituted under President Trump as a way to combat China’s spying and stealing of intellectual property in the United States. The DOJ dropped the program on Wednesday because they were concerned about it appearing racist and stoking anti-Asian bias. Activists and academics pressured the Biden administration to dump the program.

It’s not about race. It’s about China forcing them to commit acts of espionage. The other thing is we know China targets American nationals of Chinese descent and so again every ethnic Chinese is a legitimate target of counterespionage efforts because China has made them so. So, let’s drop this political wokeism. Let’s start defending our country because we’re going to lose it if we don’t.”

Gordon Chang, columnist, author, expert on China

The China Initiative was designed to” identify and prosecute those engaged in trade secret theft, hacking, and economic espionage and was supposed to protect our critical infrastructure against external threats through foreign direct investment and supply chain compromises.” It often targeted Chinese academics and scientists, which activists claimed scared away talent.

“China is stealing hundreds of billions of dollars of U.S. intellectual property each year. John Ratcliffe, when he was director of national intelligence estimated it was about $500 billion annually. So China should be the focus of U.S. efforts and now to drop the China Initiative sends a message to Beijing and everyone else that it’s open season on Americans. It seems it’s become politically incorrect to go after China’s spies, so this is inexplicable in my view. “

Gordon Chang to Fox

For its part the DOJ claimed they are going to come up with a wider approach to nation-state spying. You know, so they don’t look like ‘Nazis.’ A former DOJ official told Fox, “…the U.S. stopped fighting for the China initiative on Jan 20, 2021…We gave up. You know the champagne corks will be popping at CCP offices. They won the disinformation campaign.”

Welcome to the New World Order.


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