Saturday, June 22, 2024

Biden Shuts Down DOJ’s China Counterspy Effort as CCP China Targets Americans


In late February the Justice Department (DOJ) shuttered its , a national security program launched by President Trump in 2018 designed to battle widespread Communist Chinese espionage in the United States.

The effort was especially focused on Chinese intellectual property theft at U.S. research universities. Much of this espionage is done by China's Ministry of State Security (MSS) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA).

Team Biden did this, even as the DOJ has just announced the arrest of three Chinese nationals for “stalking, harassing, and spying on U.S. residents” on behalf of China's secret police.

Team Biden dismantled the China Initiative after a few cases collapsed amid complaints it was unfairly targeting Chinese Americans. However, on its website the DOJ said the effort was responsible for major prosecutions, listing almost 60 cases, including hacking and making false statements in grant applications.

But some cases ran into issues, were withdrawn by the Biden DOJ or thrown out by judges.

When announcing the closure of the counterspy group, Matthew Olsen, assistant attorney general for national security, said, according to the Daily Mail: “Anything that creates the impression that the applies different standards based on race or ethnicity harms the department and our efforts, and it harms the public.”

Olsen provided no evidence of actual bias.

Republican lawmakers lambasted the decision, saying it “shows the 's eagerness to sacrifice national security to appease political activists and the Chinese Communist Party.”

In a speech at George Mason University,