On September 16, the Committee of 100 hosted a seminar on “Trade Secrets and Economic Espionage: Legal Risks in Advancing Technology between the U.S. and China,” at Jones Day’s office in Washington, D.C.
The September 16 seminar began with remarks from Congresswoman Grace Meng, U.S. Representative for New York’s 6th district, on Congressional efforts to address racial profiling in economic espionage cases. Following Congresswoman Meng, C-100 member and legal expert Brian Sun gave a presentation highlighting the legal and historical context for recent economic espionage cases involving Asian Americans. After his presentation, C-100 co-founder and governor Henry Tang discussed C-100’s involvement and his own observations of the issues dating back to the Wen Ho Lee case, and its implications for the Asian American community today.
Dr. Sherry Chen, who was suspended from her job as a federal hydrologist last year, and Dr. Xiaoxing Xi, a professor at Temple University, were also present and shared their personal experiences being accused of economic espionage and the impact that these charges, now dropped, have had on their professional and personal lives. Sherry Chen detailed how she was questioned by authorities for seven hours without food after already working for six hours, and throughout the questioning, she was told that she did not need an attorney.
Peter Zeidenberg, Partner at Arent Fox LLP, represented Sherry Chen and Professor Xi, and detailed the legal context for their cases and the human impact of economic espionage investigations.
Since its inception, the Committee of 100 has been committed to pursuing the full political, social, and economic inclusion of Chinese Americans in the United States. In 1999, the Committee led a coalition to raise national awareness of the denial of due process in the Wen Ho Lee case of alleged espionage, and has since been involved in cases such as that of Sherry Chen. The Committee of 100 recently led six national Asian Pacific American organizations to issue a joint letter to Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch calling for the examination of a growing number of criminal prosecutions which appear to have elements of racial discrimination. The letter expresses support for the Congressional inquiry launched by Congressman Ted Lieu and his 21 colleagues on May 21.
Seminars such as the September 16 program are a continuation of C-100’s ongoing efforts to educate the public on a topic uniquely at the intersection of C-100’s dual mission. Launched in 2012, similar events have been held in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle, Washington, D.C., and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association’s Annual Convention to educate Asian American professionals in the STEM fields on the legal environment for trade secrets and economic espionage.
The Committee of 100 has issued an official press release covering this event. To see the full text of the release in English, please click here and for Chinese, please click here. The PowerPoint presentation for this seminar is available here. Download a full transcript of the event here.
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