US urged not to smear China’s tal­ent plan

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Cao Siqi

The US gov­ern­ment and Western me­dia have been urged not to ap­ply a dou­ble stan­dard to smear China’s “Thou­sand Tal­ents Plan,” which is a tal­ent re­cruit­ment pro­gram de­signed to at­tract lead­ing re­searchers, af­ter re­ports that a can­cer re­searcher al­legedly from the pro­gram was cleared of child pornog­ra­phy charges in the US.

Xie Keping, a 56-year-old Chi­nese Amer­i­can pan­cre­atic can­cer re­searcher and for­mer MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter sci­en­tist ac­cused of be­ing in pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy, had his case dis­missed Wed­nes­day af­ter a Har­ris County grand jury re­fused to in­dict him on charges brought by univer­sity po­lice, the Hous­ton Chron­i­cle re­ported Wed­nes­day.

Xie was also un­der scru­tiny in a US fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into eco­nomic espionage on be­half of China, NBC News re­ported in Oc­to­ber, cit­ing FBI of­fi­cials as say­ing that Xie was sus­pected of shar­ing ad­vanced can­cer re- search with Bei­jing, al­though bureau spokesper­son re­fused to con­firm an in­ves­ti­ga­tion was un­der way.

The Global Times could not reach Xie for com­ment as of press time. But he told the Amer­i­can news out­let uschi­na­ in Oc­to­ber that “all the ac­cu­sa­tions against him were un­true.”

The US gov­ern­ment and Western me­dia have spread ru­mors about and de­famed China’s Thou­sand Tal­ents Plan, ac­cus­ing the pro­gram of steal­ing ad­vanced US sci­en­tific tech­nolo­gies.

Chi­nese ex­perts said the ac­cu­sa­tions made by the US, a coun­try of im­mi­grants which gath­ers global elites, are ridicu­lous and stressed that the jeal­ous mind­set will hin­der China-US aca­demic ex­changes.

Tao Wen­zhao, a se­nior re­search fel­low at the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can Stud­ies at the Chi­nese Acad­emy of So­cial Sciences, told the Global Times that the US has al­ways treated tal­ent com­pe­ti­tion as some­thing closely re- lated to na­tional in­ter­ests.

The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, which sees China as the big­gest threat, even wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion, Tao said.

“It must be made clear that sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are dif­fer­ent. Sci­ence be­longs to the world. How­ever, the tech­nol­ogy and its in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty have their own­er­ship,” Tao stressed, urg­ing the US gov­ern­ment not to mix the two and jeop­ar­dize nor­mal sci­en­tific co­op­er­a­tion.

Many tal­ents who re­turned to China through the pro­gram said they felt bet­ter liv­ing in their moth­er­land be­cause they are highly re­spected.

Zhang Guixin, a Ts­inghua Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and mem­ber of the pro­gram, pre­vi­ously told the Global Times that the US, which brings to­gether tal­ent from around the world, is the big­gest ben­e­fi­ciary of tal­ent mo­bil­ity. Now that China is do­ing the same thing, the US feels threat­ened.

The ac­cu­sa­tions against China are ground­less and a form of pro­tec­tion­ism, said Zhang.

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