University Of Pennsylvania Pressured FBI To Drop China Initiative

Demands came after university received donations from Beijing
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: U.S. President Joe Biden waits for the arrival of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio at the White House on January 13, 2023 in Washington, DC. Fumio is meeting with Biden to reaffirm the U.S.-Japan strategic relationship in the Indo-Pacific as military tensions rise in the region. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • In a letter signed by more than 160 faculty members, the University of Pennsylvania demanded the Biden Justice Department eliminate an FBI counterespionage program that went after Beijing’s influence in U.S. academia.
  • UPenn has come under fire for collecting tens of millions of dollars from China while paying Joe Biden and hosting his foreign policy think tank.
  • Additional left-leaning universities, such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, also pressed the DOJ to end the program.

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