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US researchers on front line of battle against Chinese theft

 

Last updated 10/11/2019 at 4:43am

This Oct. 4 photo shows a copy of an FBI pamphlet and related emails. The FBI's outreach to American colleges and universities about the threat of economic espionage includes this pamphlet that warns specifically about efforts by China to steal academic research. The Associated Press photo

Eric Tucker

The Associated Press

As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university.

In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, an agent wanted to know if administrators believed Huawei had stolen any intellectual property from the school.

Told no, the agent responded: "I assumed those would be your answers, but I had to ask."

It was no random query.

The FBI has been reaching out to colleges and universities acros...



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