Xiao Jiang Li – Emory University Professor Turned Out To Be Chinese Agent

| Last modified on May 16th, 2020 at 2:12 pm,

A couple years back Chinese intelligence dismantled entire CIA network in China. This, along with the worldwide Chinese military technology grabbing Thousand Talents Program has put the western security apparatus on a back-foot. American intelligence has since stepped-up its operations with a vengeance to root-out this Chinese penetration – mainly in the academia. The most recent case is that of Dr. Xiao Jiang Li, the former Emroy University professor who turned out to be a Chinese agent.

Xiao Jiang Li - Another Professor Turned Out To Be Chinese Agent
Xiao Jiang Li – Emroy University Professor Turned Out To Be Chinese Agent

On May 8, 2020, Dr. Xiao-Jiang Li, 63, of Atlanta, Georgia, pleaded guilty of being a Chinese agent. Dr. Li, a former Emory University professor who was also a participant of the Chinese Thousand Talents Program, worked overseas at Chinese Universities and did not report any of his foreign income on his federal tax returns.

“The Department of Justice remains vigilant over programs such as the Thousand Talents Program that recruits professors and researchers to work for China,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.  “In this case Li was caught in his lack of transparency.  We are grateful for the work our partners have done to bring light to this case.”

“This defendant thought that he could live two, separate lives — one here at Emory University and one in China as a Thousand Talents Program participant,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak. “Eventually, the truth caught up to this defendant, and he is now a convicted felon who is ordered to repay over $35,000 to the IRS.”

– The US Department of Justice press release.

According to the charges and other information presented in court: In late 2011, while employed at Emory University, Li joined the Thousand Talents Program, a Chinese-government talent recruitment initiative that targets professors and researchers to work in China.

Starting in 2012 and continuing until 2018, Li, while still working at Emory University researching, among other things, the use of large animal models to investigate Huntington’s disease, also worked at two Chinese universities — first at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and then at Jinan University — conducting similar large animal model research.  Over those six years, Li earned at least $500,000 in foreign income that he never reported on his federal income tax returns.

Li’s false income tax returns came to light after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reviewed Li’s NIH research grant applications and became concerned that he had failed to disclose, among other things, foreign research activity.  Those concerns prompted Emory University, and later federal law enforcement, to investigate the matter which revealed Li’s false tax returns.

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What is interesting is that such grants were also provided by American programs backed-up by Dr. Fauci to the Wuhan Institute of Virology. As GreatGameIndia reported earlier, Dr. Anthony Fauci diverted US funds to engineer Coronavirus at Wuhan lab via a company now under federal investigation. American tax-dollars were used to fund controversial gain-of-function research, which is the ability of a virus to jump from animals to humans. More information on the firm behind these experiments will be provided in our next report.

In yet another case of espionage, Anming Hu, a Chinese spy was caught at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). Anming Hu, 51, an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering at UTK, engaged in a scheme to defraud NASA by concealing his affiliation with Beijing University of Technology (BJUT) in China.

The Tennessee case follows another espionage case Chinese Biowarfare agents at Harvard University were caught smuggling viruses. Charles Lieber, the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals were charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.

It is said Lieber was recruited for advanced research into nanowire-batteries. But investigation by GreatGameIndia has shown that Lieber was infact working on virus transmitters that could penetrate cell membranes without affecting the intercellular functions and even measure activities inside heart cells and muscle fibers.

Similar case of Chinese Biological Espionage was busted at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory prompting a full-fledged investigation along with the dismissal of Chinese agents. Subsequent investigation by GreatGameIndia linked the agents to China’s Biological Warfare Program from where the virus is suspected to have leaked causing the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak.

Curiously unlike the American investigation, Canadian authorities have been tight-lipped about the whole incident with details about the case still not fully revealed.

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