19 - The China Initiative, a Harmful Dragnet


19 - The China Initiative, a Harmful Dragnet


As part of President Biden's disengagement policy toward China, he is continuing a justice department "China Initiative" that aims to prosecute Chinese and US citizens allegedly involved in economic espionage. The main effect of this dragnet is to limit educational and scientific exchanges with China, which once had strong bipartisan support. Approximately 370,000 students and scholars from China are in the US, nearly a third engaged in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) research. But now, as relations with China have deteriorated, Chinese graduate students and researchers, and Chinese American scientists, are being viewed with suspicion and even hostility. The China Initiative is doing real long-term harm to the US economy, its scientific research, and the US reputation for openness to international collaboration.