DOJ Curbs Trump-Era Zeal for China Spy Probes as Cases FailBy
‘China Initiative’ under Trump produced cases that fell short
Garland pledges allegations won’t be ‘based on discrimination’
The Trump administration went all-in on what it called its “China Initiative,” with the Justice Department prosecuting Chinese and Chinese-American researchers it said were stealing U.S. secrets while hiding their links to the government in Beijing and the People’s Liberation Army.
Now, after a number of those cases fizzled in court and amid growing criticism that the initiative leads to discrimination against Asian-Americans, Justice Department leadership under Attorney General Merrick Garland is moving more cautiously.