Prof. Implicated As Chinese Agent Says NASA Knew His Work

By Grace Dixon (November 5, 2021, 8:02 PM EDT) -- A former Texas A&M University professor denied the U.S. Department of Justice's allegations that he shared NASA-funded research with a Chinese university, saying his grant allowed him to collaborate with researchers around the world, even if they were from China.

Zhengdong Cheng urged a Texas federal court to drop the government's charges against him, saying that the restrictions on his research only applied to bilateral work with China or Chinese entities and not multilateral collaboration. NASA was on notice that the work involved researchers in Spain and Russia, so the funding restriction couldn't apply.

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