The closure of China’s consulate in Houston and the announcements of the criminal indictments of six citizens of China in late July have thrust the Department of Justice’s China Initiative to the forefront of the growing U.S. diplomatic dispute with China. Having proceeded relatively quietly since 2018, with its impacts mainly domestic, the China Initiative has escalated rapidly in both legal and diplomatic significance.
Understanding the initiative’s purposes and the Chinese actions that it targets will be important to any organization affected by U.S.-Chinese competition in technology.
Houston Consulate Intellectual Property Espionage
The Department of State ordered China to close...