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Feb. 23, 2022, 8:00 PM

DOJ Ends Troubled ‘China Initiative’ After Failures, Criticism

Chris Strohm
Chris Strohm
Bloomberg News

The Justice Department said Wednesday that it’s ending the “China Initiative,” a program started under the Trump administration that came under intense criticism for fanning discrimination against Asian-Americans even as several of its high-profile criminal cases failed in court.

Instead, the department will pursue a broader effort to counter threats from adversarial nations including China, Russia and Iran, from hacking attacks to the theft of U.S. trade secrets, Matthew Olsen, head of DOJ’s national security division, told reporters.

“Fundamentally, I do not think that the initiative is the best approach in light of the threat landscape that we see,” ...

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