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China’s Notorious Thousand Talents Program – Equal Opportunity Recruiter – UPDATE


On June 2, 2019, I published a post where I expressed being intrigued to learn that China’s Thousand Talents Program also recruited non-ethnic Chinese.

At that time, Los Alamos computations physics expert TURAB LOOKMAN had pled not guilty to lying to U.S. government investigators about his recruitment and subsequent acceptance to participate in China’s Thousand Talent’s program.

According to a September 15, 2020, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) press release, LOOKMAN changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to five (5) years probation and a $75,000. fine for providing a false statement to the U.S. Department of Energy.


A recent and very prominent example of Chinese state-sponsored recruitment of a non-ethnic Chinese person into the Thousand Talents Program is the indictment of the former Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, Dr.Charles Lieber.

Here is a quote from the July 28, 2020, DOJ, press release:

“Under the terms of Lieber’s three-year Thousand Talents contract, Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) allegedly paid Lieber a salary of up to $50,000 per month, living expenses of up to $150,000 and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT.” 


If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home

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Ron Alvarez is an IP investigations and protection consultant and writer in New York City. He is a former NYPD lieutenant where he investigated robbery, narcotics, internal affairs, and fine art theft cases. Ron has since coordinated the private investigation of international fraud and money laundering cases, as well as IP-related investigations and research involving the four pillars of IP: copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Ron is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and earned a B.A. in Government and Public Administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan. He has written a number of articles for various investigative publications, as well as published "The World of Intellectual Property (IP) Protection and Investigations" in November 2021.

2 comments on “China’s Notorious Thousand Talents Program – Equal Opportunity Recruiter – UPDATE

  1. Tom Manley

    Thank You Ron
    This is an amazing and important story
    Apparently there is an incalculable amount of money sent by China and
    other countries to manipulate(control) important institutions of our homeland
    Good Work
    Tom Manley
    Special Agent FBI – Retired

  2. Pingback: Chinese State-Sponsored Espionage (a.k.a. IP Theft) Survey – IP PROBE – Blog

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