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DOJ Drops Case Against Chinese American MIT Professor Amid Accusations of Ethnic Profiling

HeadlineJan 21, 2022

The Justice Department dropped its case against MIT professor Gang Chen, who was accused of hiding research linked to the Chinese government. Prosecutors say they lacked evidence against Chen. The case has sparked renewed criticism of the “China Initiative,” launched in 2018, which has targeted some 20 academics, mostly of Chinese descent, for prosecution. Democrats from the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus have called for an end to the program, and the ACLU said, “The Justice Department must end racial profiling in the name of national security.”

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