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Harvard Professor Convicted by U.S. Jury of Lying About China Ties

A Harvard University professor was convicted on Tuesday of U.S. charges that he lied about his ties to a China-run recruitment program.
Harvard professor convicted by U.S. jury of lying about China ties
Harvard University nanotechnology professor Charles Lieber, who is charged with lying to U.S. authorities about his ties to a China-run recruitment program and funding he allegedly received from the Chinese government for research, arrives at the federal courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., December 14, 2021. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

From: Reuters

A Harvard University professor was convicted on Tuesday of U.S. charges that he lied about his ties to a China-run recruitment program in a closely-watched case stemming from a crackdown on Chinese influence within U.S. research.

A federal jury in Boston found Charles Lieber, a renowned nanoscientist and the former chairman of Harvard’s chemistry department, guilty of making false statements to authorities, filing false tax returns and failing to report a Chinese bank account.

Prosecutors alleged that Lieber, in his quest for a Nobel Prize, in 2011 agreed to become a “strategic scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology in China and through it participated in a Chinese recruitment drive called the Thousand Talents Program.

Prosecutors say China uses that program to recruit foreign researchers to share their knowledge with the country. Participation is not a crime, but prosecutors contend Lieber, 62, lied to authorities inquiring about his involvement.

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