The latest Harvard-China scandal

From the Wall Street Journal:

The chair of Harvard University’s chemistry department was arrested Tuesday on charges of allegedly lying to the U.S. about millions in Chinese funding he has received, in an escalation of U.S. efforts to counter what officials describe as Beijing’s aggressive recruitment at U.S. universities.

…The Harvard professor, Charles Lieber, allegedly misled the Defense Department in 2018 and the National Institutes of Health in 2019 about his participation in China’s Thousand Talents Plan, the complaint said.

…When Defense Department investigators asked Mr. Lieber in 2018 about his foreign research collaborations, he told them he had never been asked to participate in the Thousand Talents Program, the complaint said.

But Mr. Lieber had signed such a talent contract with Wuhan University in 2012, the complaint said….For “significant periods” from 2012 to 2017, his contract called for a $50,000 a month salary on top of $150,000 in living expenses paid by WUT, it said.