Chinese Espionage at Universities: How China infiltrates American Education

The Chinese Communist Party has shown over and over again that they are more intelligent than American covert intelligence. Their vast infiltration of the American liberal educational system is astounding. Over the last decade, there’s been numerous cases of Chinese-born professors working for the Chinese Communist Party. When legal action is brought against the accused – short jail sentences, dropped cases, or returning to China are norm. There’s no accountability, the Chinese spies get caught, and China sends another one to the United States under the guise of “education”.

Below is a list and description of American Universities that have contributed to the rise of Chinese espionage by letting foreign professors teach and infiltrate sensitive information related to their job fields.


“Former Emory University Professor and Chinese “Thousand Talents” Participant Convicted and Sentenced for Filing a False Tax Return”

“On May 8, 2020, Dr. Xiao-Jiang Li, 63, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty to a criminal information charging him with filing a false tax return and has been sentenced by a U.S. District Judge on the same day.  Dr. Li, a former Emory University professor and Chinese Thousand Talents Program participant, worked overseas at Chinese Universities and did not report any of his foreign income on his federal tax returns.”


Former West Virginia University Professor Pleads Guilty to Fraud That Enabled Him to Participate in the People’s Republic of China’s “Thousand Talents Plan”

“Dr. James Patrick Lewis, of Fairview, West Virginia, has admitted to a fraud charge involving West Virginia University, the Department of Justice announced.

Lewis, age 54, pleaded guilty to a one-count information charging him with “Federal Program Fraud.” From 2006 to August 2019, Lewis was a tenured professor at West Virginia University in the physics department, specializing in molecular reactions used in coal conversion technologies. In July 2017, Lewis entered into a contract of employment with the People’s Republic of China through its “Global Experts 1000 Talents Plan.” China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruit plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security. These talent programs seek to lure overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.”


FBI looking into possible Chinese spying on UT’s COVID research

“The FBI is investigating whether the Chinese government attempted to illegally obtain COVID-19 research from American universities, including the University of Texas campuses in Austin and San Antonio, UT officials confirmed to the Houston Chronicle.”

University of Texas professor Bo Mao is the latest defendant in a string of U.S. criminal cases alleging Chinese spying in the academic world

“University of Texas professor Bo Mao, prosecutors say, took proprietary technology from an American Silicon Valley start-up and handed it over to a subsidiary of Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications conglomerate.

But what makes the case against Mao particularly noteworthy is how he was accused of carrying out the theft: By using his status as a university researcher to obtain the circuit board under the guise of academic testing.”


Former University of Florida Researcher Indicted for Scheme to Defraud National Institutes of Health and University of Florida

“A former University of Florida (UF) professor and researcher and resident of China has been indicted for fraudulently obtaining $1.75 million in federal grant money from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) by concealing support he received from the Chinese government and a company that he founded in China to profit from that research.

Lin Yang, 43, who resided in Tampa, Florida, at the time of the offenses, is charged with six counts of wire fraud and four counts of making false statements to an agency of the United States. The indictment, returned by a federal grand jury on Dec. 15, 2020, was unsealed today.”


University of Kansas Researcher Indicted for Fraud for Failing to Disclose Conflict of Interest with Chinese University

 “A researcher at the University of Kansas (KU) was indicted today on federal charges of hiding the fact he was working full time for a Chinese university while doing research at KU funded by the U.S. government.

Feng “Franklin” Tao, 47, of Lawrence, Kansas, an associate professor at KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC), is charged with one count of wire fraud and three counts of program fraud.  He was employed since August 2014 by the CEBC, whose mission is to conduct research on sustainable technology to conserve natural resources and energy.”


Texas A&M professor who is also NASA researcher arrested over alleged ties with China”

“AUSTIN — A Texas A&M University professor who is also a NASA researcher faces criminal charges of conspiracy, making false statements and wire fraud after he allegedly hid affiliations with a Chinese government program designed to advance that country’s high-tech development.

Zhengdong Cheng, 53, of College Station, was taken into custody Sunday, federal prosecutor said Monday.”


Mathematics Professor and University Researcher Indicted for Grant Fraud

“WASHINGTON – Today, a federal grand jury in Carbondale, Ill. returned an indictment charging a mathematics professor and researcher at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (SIUC) with two counts of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement.

According to court documents, Mingqing Xiao, 59, of Makanda, Illinois, fraudulently obtained $151,099 in federal grant money from the National Science Foundation (NSF) by concealing support he was receiving from the Chinese government and a Chinese university.”


A CLOSER LOOK: UARK Professor Ang arrested; the China-NASA connection

“FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A University of Arkansas professor’s career came to a halt after getting arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) for wire fraud.

Court papers were unsealed Monday, May 11, regarding Simon Saw-Teong Ang’s Friday, May 8 arrest, after his initial court appearance. Professor Ang, 63, a Fayetteville resident, was charged with one count of wire fraud.”


Harvard professor found guilty of hiding ties to Chinese-run recruitment program

“A Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program has been found guilty on all counts.

Charles Lieber, 62, the former chair of Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemical biology, had pleaded not guilty to two counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of making false statements, and two counts of failing to file reports for a foreign bank account in China.”


Controversial US attorney drops charges against MIT professor with link to China

“BOSTON (TND) — Massachusetts’ progressive U.S. attorney dismissed the case of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor arrested and charged last year for allegedly concealing his ties to the Chinese government.

statement from U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Rachael Rollins released Thursday said additional information pertaining to the case had recently been obtained by the Department of Justice, and it was “in the interests of justice” to dismiss it, because the burden of proof could no longer be met.

Gang Chen, an MIT research professor, was arrested and charged last year for allegedly entering into undisclosed contracts, appointments and awards with entities in the People’s Republic of China, while simultaneously collecting U.S. dollars for his nanotechnology research.”


UCLA professor faces 219 years in prison for conspiring to send U.S. missile chips to China

“An adjunct UCLA professor of electrical engineering faces 219 years in federal prison for conspiring to export semiconductor chips with military applications to China.

According to a statement released last week from the Department of Justice, Yi-Chi Shih, 64, obtained access to a U.S. company’s computer system that includes commercial and military applications for the Air Force, Navy and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The company produces semiconductor chips known as monolithic microwave integrated circuits, or MMICs, that are used in missiles, fighter jets, electronic warfare and radar applications.”

Chinese researcher at UCLA arrested, accused of destroying evidence

“A visiting researcher at UCLA has been arrested and charged with destroying evidence, the latest Chinese national to face accusations in U.S. courts of trying to conceal ties to China’s military or government institutions.

The FBI began investigating Guan Lei in July, suspecting he had committed visa fraud and possibly transferred “sensitive software or technical data” from UCLA, where he studied machine-learning algorithms in the school’s mathematics department, to “high-ranking” officials in the Chinese military, an FBI agent wrote in an affidavit.

Guan, 29, isn’t charged with those crimes. Instead, he’s accused of destroying evidence after agents, staking out his apartment in Irvine, saw him pull a computer hard drive from his sock and throw it into a trash bin, Agent Timothy D. Hurt wrote in the affidavit.”


Chinese spy case in Chicago linked to larger foreign espionage scheme

“CHICAGO (WLS) — The spy case against a former U.S. Army reservist and student at Illinois Institute of Technology wasn’t a one-man espionage show, according to federal investigators.

Ji Chaoqun’s federal court appearance in Chicago on Thursday is routine, in an anything-but-normal case. Chaoqun is charged against the backdrop of a possibly wider Chinese scheme to siphon intelligence information overseas.”


Ex-Ohio State professor pleads guilty in what feds call Chinese scheme to steal research”

“An Ohio State University professor formally admitted Thursday that he did not disclose his affiliation with a Chinese university when securing grants in what investigators called a scheme to share federally funded medical research with China.

Song Guo Zheng, 58, of Hilliard, is facing up to five years in prison after pleading guilty in federal court in Columbus to a felony count for using false documents in a fraud scheme.”

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