Professor Charged for Not Disclosing Links to Communist China

Professor Charged for Not Disclosing Links to Communist China

( – Reports indicate the government of the People’s Republic of China continually engages in espionage activities against the United States. One example, revealed in an article in the Washington Post from April 21, reports they successfully “breached sensitive defense companies.” But other than cyber warfare, they also rely on HUMINT (human intelligence), and they’re known to recruit educators/researchers at colleges and universities across the country.

The Justice Department announced the indictment of Professor Mingqing Xiao of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIUC) on charges of wire fraud and making false statements for failing to disclose agreements with the Communist country and a state-run university.

Because of the subject matter people who apply for grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) typically deal with, they must inform the organization of dealings with foreign governments. It looks like Xiao conveniently forgot that detail.

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident, as evidenced by an article in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) magazine from June 12, 2020. Within, it revealed that about 54 scientists lost their jobs for this very reason. There’s no way to fully assess how damaging the transfer of cutting-edge technology to China could be.

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