Report: Penn Successfully Lobbied DOJ to End China Initiative

The University of Pennsylvania in 2022 successfully lobbied the Department of Justice to shut down the FBI’s China Initiative, a program launched during the Trump administration to counter Beijing’s theft of American intellectual property, Just the News reported.

Penn, an Ivy League school with deep ties to President Joe Biden, raked in $54.6 million from 2014 to 2019 in donations from China, including $23.1 million in anonymous gifts starting in 2016. Most donations came after the university announced in 2017 that it was creating the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and that Biden, whose term as vice president had just ended, would lead the center.

The DOJ announced the China Initiative in 2018 to combat the Chinese government’s campaign to steal U.S. secrets, technology, and cutting-edge research.

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