The Harvard University professor has been accused of hiding his alleged links to a Chinese government program. The US has accused China of attempting to steal US scientific and technological progress.
The U.S. government accused a Harvard University professor and two Boston researchers on Tuesday of lying about their alleged ties to the Chinese government. It was the most recent case where the US authorities targeted what they called Chinese scientific spying. The US has accused China of attempting to steal US scientific and technological progress.
“This is a very carefully directed effort by the Chinese government to resolve what it believes to be its own strategic gaps,” Andrew Lelling, Massachusetts District Attorney, told reporters at a press conference. Charles Lieber, a professor at Harvard University, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, was accused of participating in the Chinese Thousand Talents Plan, a program designed to attract people with knowledge of foreign technologies and intellectual property to China.
Lieber received payments from China, including $ 50,000 a month from Wuhan University of Technology, according to prosecutors, and lied to the investigators. In return, the authorities agreed to publish articles, organize international conferences and apply for patents for a Chinese university.