Justice Department Scraps China Initiative

March 4, 2022
The new head of the National Security Division, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen decides to end the program after a months-long review.

A controversial program launched under the Trump administration to counter Beijing’s theft of American intellectual property is no more, according to an article from NPR. The new head of the National Security Division, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen decided to end the China Initiative after a months-long review. Civil rights groups claim the program created a climate of fear among Asian Americans.

According to NPR, Olsen says the current threat landscape, which also includes Russia, Iran and North Korea, requires a broader approach. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reportedly has more than 2,000 cases and opens a new China-related case every 12 hours. The Justice Department will continue to aggressively combat Chinese espionage and cyberthreats, says Olsen, just no longer under the China Initiative banner.

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