(From the Interpreter)
By Julian Sneider
The ethnic Chinese technical research community in the US is worried. American justice authorities are stepping up actions against industrial theft.
Last week alone saw two cases, with a star Chinese professor arrested on arrival in LA (five of his colleagues were also charged but remain at home) and a Philadelphia physics department head arraigned. The circumstances were unrelated but the complaint the same: unauthorised transfer of intellectual property to China for commercial or strategic gain.
Beijing is ‘deeply concerned‘ at what appears to be ‘Washington’s stiffer stance over an issue that has already frayed ties’. This could become the next geo-economic tussle between the two superpowers. Read more