Another professor arrested for lying about working with China


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Another professor, this time from the University of Tennessee, has been arrested for lying about his ties to China in a NASA proposal.

Anming Hu, an associate professor in the department of mechanical, aerospace and biomedical engineering at the university’s flagship Knoxville campus, was charged with three counts of wire fraud and three counts of making false statements…

Prosecutors say Hu defrauded the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by failing to disclose the fact that he was also a professor at the Beijing University of Technology in China. Under federal law, NASA cannot fund or give grant money to Chinese-owned companies or universities.

According to the indictment, as the University of Tennessee last December was preparing a proposal on Hu’s behalf for a NASA-funded project, Hu provided false assurances to the school that he was not part of any business collaboration involving China.

I wonder how much technical information he passed to China’s space effort.

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4 comments

  • Phill O

    To my mind, this is just the tip of the iceberg. I remember the ties to the Pakistani nuclear bomb and Saddam Hussein’s foray into nuclear weapons.

  • Andi

    “I wonder how much technical information he passed to China’s space effort.”

    — most likely all he had access to.

  • wodun

    Just a few years ago, many in the space nerd community were saying any concerns with China were racist, that there is no competition with China, and problems with the two countries were due to the USA. Many space nerds still think this.

  • Milt

    A few days ago I was listening to the news on National Public Radio (I know, why am I doing this…), and their reporter was talking about the recent discovery that there are many Chinese nationals working in our colleges and universities who — as has been revealed — are essentially committing espionage for the Chinese government. Finally, far too late in the game, the Trump Administration is beginning to push back on this.

    The take-away from NPR, however, was quite a different one. Forget national security, the real “problem” with this effort is that by going after only Chinese nationals in academia — who, after all, are the ones who are committing these crimes — we are being “racist,” the unpardonable sin according to the left. Paraphrasing the late Gamble Rogers, this kind of thinking is the square root of insanity, but the left has been so successful at framing the narrative along these lines that we hardly know how to reply to them.

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