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China Initiative trial: Former U.S. Attorney says strategy has 'drifted,' parts should be shut down04:59
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Harvard University professor Charles Lieber departs federal court in Boston on Jan. 30, 2020, following his arrest on allegations he hid his involvement in a program designed to recruit people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Harvard University professor Charles Lieber departs federal court in Boston on Jan. 30, 2020, following his arrest on allegations he hid his involvement in a program designed to recruit people with knowledge of foreign technology and intellectual property to China. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A big trial is underway this week against a Harvard professor accused of hiding financial ties to China.

The case against chemist Charles Lieber is part of the China Initiative — an effort by the Department of Justice to crack down on economic and technology theft. But critics say it's gone too far, profiling ethnic Chinese individuals.

Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling joins host Scott Tong to explain.

This segment aired on December 16, 2021.

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