Power Play

The costs of America's hunt for China spies

While the threat of Chinese espionage is real, an initiative by the United States to catch Chinese spies has done damage.

MIT professor Gang Chen was nabbed by federal agents under the China Initiative in 2021, though the charges against him were later dropped. PHOTO: REUTERS
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Power Play is a weekly column that looks at various facets of US-China rivalry and its implications for Asia.

It was 6.30am on Jan 14 last year when federal agents came to arrest Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Gang Chen at his home, for failing to disclose his links to China in grant applications.

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