A NASA researcher and professor at Texas A&M University has been accused of taking grants from the US government by concealing ties to China. Professor Zhengdong Cheng hid the matter of working for a university established by the Chinese government.
According to a US Department of Justice statement, Cheng has been accused of fraud, conspiracy and lying. He was arrested on Sunday. The US Department of Justice is investigating against professors working in US universities who have concealed their professional connections to Chinese universities. The Trump administration is taking action on professors who are harming the US and stealing intellectual property in the interest of China by having ties with China.
Cheung, who was appointed by Texas A&M in 2004, led a team of researchers, which received nearly $ 7.50 million in funding from NASA for space research. However, during this time he also worked as the director of an institute in Guangdong, China, which was set up by China’s Ministry of Education. In addition, he also participated in talent recruitment programs established by the Chinese government.