China is using its talent recruitment programs to steal scientific research and intellectual property from research institutions such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center and from energy and high-tech companies in the Houston area.
These are trumped-up charges made by the US under the presumption of guilt against the normal scientific and people-to-people exchanges and cooperation between the two countries.
China's efforts in attracting talent from abroad are no different in essence from customary practices of other countries. These efforts are above-board and beyond reproach.
The cross-border movement of talent in the era of globalization has facilitated technological and economic advances worldwide.
Countries are all actively carrying out international exchanges and cooperation on talent. What China is doing in this respect is in essence not different from other countries' practices.
Closer exchanges and cooperation between China and the US on science and technology serves the interests of both sides.
According to the Global AI Talent Tracker released in mid-June by MacroPolo, the in-house think tank of the Paulson Institute, 29% of top-tier AI researchers working in the US received undergraduate degrees in China. Thus, the US global lead on AI has much to do with the talent supply from China.
What the US government is doing conflicts with its self-claimed ideals of openness and freedom
as well as the commitments publicly made by its leaders. It runs counter to the global trend of talent exchanges worldwide, and has brought grave negative impact on the normal people-to-people exchange and personnel inter-flow between the two countries.
Chinese Consul-General in Houston and two other diplomats were recently caught using false birth information at the security check of an airport in Houston to escort Chinese travelers to the gate area of a charter flight.
The US allegation could not be further from facts. The staff of the Chinese Consulate-General in Houston have always
followed international law and American local laws when performing their duties in the US.
◆ All diplomats and consular staff must obtain identification cards from foreign affairs authorities of the host country, thus their personal information including date of birth is no secret, but
to such authorities. This is common sense.
◆ The said Chinese consular officers
used consular ID cards
issued by the US State Department and entered the restricted area of the airport upon approval from the US side
to take care of Chinese nationals
who were taking the temporary flight back to China due to COVID-19.
There is a complete lack of reciprocity between the US and China in the treatment of diplomatic and consular staff. The US concerns over the treatment of its diplomats and consular officers in China have gone unresolved.
China supports and provides necessary facilitation for the performance of all lawful, normal official acts in China by foreign diplomatic and consular officers
including those from the US. It is the US that has imposed unjustified restrictions on and created barriers for Chinese diplomats and consular officers in the US.
The US figure far outnumbers China's when it comes to diplomatic and consular missions and staff.
China has five diplomatic and consular missions in the US, while the US has six in China. It is reported that there are more than 1,000 staff in the US Consulate-General in Hong Kong alone.
China supports and provides necessary facilitation for the performance of all normal official activities in China by foreign diplomatic personnel including those from the US.
A former US ambassador to China visited each of China's provinces within his three-year term.
◆ In October 2019 and June 2020,
the US made unilateral provocations by imposing restrictions on the activities of Chinese diplomats and consular officials in the US.
Such restrictions are a serious violation of the relevant rules of international law and the basic norms governing international relations.
For example, all Chinese members of China's foreign missions in the US are required to submit a written notification to the Office of Foreign Missions (OFM) of the State Department of all official engagements with any local government representatives, as well as all official visits to any educational or research institutions. Such notifications must be submitted five business days prior to the planned engagement date. All Chinese military personnel assigned to the Chinese Embassy or a consular post, as well as those temporarily visiting, are required to provide OFM notification five business days prior to any travel plan, for official or private purposes, which is in excess of a 25-mile radius of their places of work or the US ports of their entry.
In the face of the unreasonable provocations of the US,
China has no choice but respond with legitimate and reciprocal countermeasures as necessary.