There’s been a crackdown on Chinese scientists in the U.S. in the last few years by the FBI. These scientists have been surveilled, interrogated, and arrested, suspected of stealing trade secrets from US universities and research labs. While the Trump-era DOJ China Initiative is over, Anti-China rhetoric is ramping up. It’s no wonder many are leaving.
Also hanging in the balance is the Science and Technology Agreement between the US and China, initially signed in 1979. As the US wages a new Cold War and declares power competition with China, what will happen with scientific exchange?