Chinese infiltration of Australian universities

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    China’s great science swindle in secret project

    Education Minister Dan Tehan, centre, with Thousand Talents recipient Dong Zhaoyang, left, and Guoxiu Wang in a picture first posted online in February.

    The Chinese government is actively recruiting leading Australian scientists for a secretive research program that offers lucrative salaries and perks but requires their inventions to be patented in China and obliges them to abide by Chinese law.

    An investigation by The Australian has revealed dozens of leading scientists at major universities across the country have been recruited to a Chinese government program called the Thousand Talents Plan, which FBI director Christopher Wray describes as economic espionage and a national security threat.

    The Australian’s investigation shows that, in many instances, Australian academics have been named in Chinese patent applications despite their Australian universities being unaware of their involvement.

    Academics targeted globally under the Thousand Talents Plan may have a field of research with a military application, sparking the risk the Chinese government is misusing their inventions and technology for military advancement and even to develop weapons.

    When told about The Australian’s revelations, Andrew Hastie — chair of parliament’s joint intelligence committee — called for a parliamentary inquiry.

    Mr Hastie said the revelations demonstrated how national research and intellectual property was “being plundered by the CCP”.

    In many of the cases uncovered, universities did not know about academics’ connections to the Thousand Talents Plan and patents lodged in China prior to The Australian presenting the evidence.

    UNSW said that at no time had one of its Thousand Talent Plan recipients, Dong Zhaoyang, “sold or relinquished patents to any Chinese power companies”.

    When presented with evidence that Professor Dong was named in patents lodged with the National Intellectual Property Administration of China just last year, the UNSW spokeswoman said this was done “without his knowledge” and “was in line with the academic culture in China at the time”.

    Alongside his salary from UNSW, his institute there has received $15m in Australian government and Australian Research Council funding. But he has also received funding from his Thousand Talents scholarship through the Chinese government’s second largest energy company, China Southern Grid. It paid for Professor Dong to hire researchers at UNSW. He also ran a research program for the company at the university. China People’s Daily stated in 2017 that Professor Dong was head of Changsha University of Science and Technology’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering and was part of the Thousand Talents Plan.

    Thousand Talents Plan contracts usually legally require the copyright for any research or inventions connected with the program to be registered in China — irrespective of whether the research has been done in Australia or includes Australian funding. In return, academics receive a second salary commonly worth more than $150,000 plus lucrative research grants that can stretch into the millions from a Chinese-affiliated university.

    There are a suite of other perks including education for their children, housing allowances and jobs for their spouses.

    The Australian’s revelations show the widespread infiltration of Australia’s universities by the Chinese Communist Party, with almost every major institution complicit through its inaction in allowing China to be the beneficiary of its research and inventions.

    The Australian can publish the names of more than 30 academics who have been recruited to the Thousand Talents Plan or another similar Chinese government recruitment program, or have registered their intellectual property in China.

    In one case uncovered by The Australian, Curtin University’s Optus Chair of Artificial Intelligence, Brad Yu, who has received large amounts of Australian and US government funding, has been working at China’s Hangzhou Dianzi University.

    Dianzi is designated “high-risk” for its level of Chinese military defence research. It has two major defence laboratories, five designated defence research areas and holds secret security credentials, “allowing it to undertake classified weapons and defence technology projects”.

    Professor Yu specialises in drone automation and artificial intelligence, and has been working on an area of intense interest to the Chinese government: aerial warfare and co-ordinating thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles to co-operate in the air.

    Chinese-language reports state he is part of Chinese government recruitment programs including the Qianjiang Scholar of Zhejiang Provincial Talent program and the Taishan Scholars Project, Shandong Province.

    Despite being on full-time pay at Curtin, where he receives a 60 per cent loading on a professor’s salary and his research institute has been funded to the tune of $4m, The Australian understands he has spent most of the year in China. After The Australian contacted him and Curtin University, Professor Yu’s Hangzhou Dianzi profile became unavailable for public view.

    What is the Thousand Talents Plan?
    The "Thousand Talents Plan" is a Chinese Government program to recruit top scientists from around the world.

    It was originally designed to reverse China's brain drain.

    Under Xi Jinping's civil-military fusion, the Thousand Talents Plan helps China achieve technological and innovation advances.

    Western academics have been recruited through their colleagues, superiors or even via LinkedIn.

    They are offered a lucrative second-salary, upwards of $150,000 a year, with generous research funding.

    Some academics are given an entire new laboratory in a Chinese university and team of research staff.

    Many are proud of their Thousand Talents link and participate with consent of their universities. Others have not disclosed the link to their universities and do not publicly admit to being part of the program.

    Some Thousand Talents contracts stipulate they cannot disclose their participation in the Chinese Government program without permission.

    They continue to work full-time for their Australian university while making frequent trips to China to visit the affiliated Thousand Talents Plan university.

    They continue to apply for Australian Research Council grants, with no checks about where the research will end up.

    Their new inventions are patented in China, often secretly.

    The inventions may be commercialised, with China reaping the economic benefits.

    Thousand Talents academics may be required to recruit more academics.

    Curtin declined to answer specific questions about him, despite issuing a press release with great fanfare when it appointed him to the role of Optus Chair of Artificial Intelligence in May last year. “In relation to Professor Yu … we have taken, and will continue to take, steps we consider appropriate in managing their association with the university,” a Curtin spokeswoman said.

    “It is not our policy to comment publicly on matters concerning individual members of staff or their employment arrangements.

    “Professor Yu has spent some time in Western Australia this year, but is currently in China.”

    When contacted by The Australian, Brad Yu said: “I was aware of the Thousand Talents Plan run by Chinese enthral government. Your question indicates that you have assumed/believed that I am/was a participant, but this is incorrect.” He declined to answer further questions.

    University of Sydney mathematics professor Reuibin Zhang, who specialises in quantum field theory and was recruited to the Thousand Talents program in 2018, and Monash University’s associate dean until 2018, Yi-bing Cheng, a physics professor specialising in lasers, who is named in more than 20 patents filed in China assigned to universities including Wuhan University of Technology, which conducts a high level of defence research.

    There’s also Professor Qiaoliang Bao, a nanotechnology specialist, who was a Thousand Talents recruit while at Monash University and is affiliated with Soochow University, assigning 24 patents to China while on the Monash payroll.

    University of Western Australia professor Dongke Zhang, who has received more than $48m in funding from the Australian government and overseas industries, was recruited to the Thousand Talents Plan and is now a professor at Shanxi University and Shenyang Aerospace University, while paid as a full-time professor at UWA. Nine inventions in which he was involved have been assigned to China.

    There’s also UNSW professor Jun Wang who has an official position with the People’s Republic of China’s chief administrative authority, the State Council of China, where he sits on the Expert Advisory Committee of the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office.

    UNSW said his role on the State Council of China had been disclosed and “discussed with this supervisor” and he said he had never done defence or military research anywhere in the world.

    The Australian is not suggesting the academics have acted inappropriately.

    Rather, the CCP is taking advantage of lax universities operating in a legal and regulatory framework that does not outlaw programs such as the Thousand Talents Plan.

    Investigation launched

    The Australian’s investigation has exposed that universities do not know: how many Thousand Talents Plan recipients are in their employ; if their academics are lodging patents in China; and whether their academics are being paid second salaries by affiliated Chinese universities.

    UTS denied one of its professors, Guoxiu Wang, was part of the Thousand Talents Plan and objected to the “sullying of the reputations of its senior researchers for their participation in formal international scholarly programs”. When asked why Professor Wang was repeatedly named as a Thousand Talents recipient on Chinese university websites, the UTS spokesman said the term was used “as a sign of respect akin to the term distinguished professor”.

    When presented with the evidence that Professor Wang was named in 11 patent applications lodged in China, UTS said: “Professor Wang has no knowledge of 10 out of the 11 patent applications referenced. The 11th patent application is known to the university and results from a funded-research collaboration. Professor Wang has contacted the relevant parties to ask that his name be taken off these applications.”

    The University of Queensland was also unaware one of its professors, Zhou Xiaofang, who has participated in the Thousand Talents program, was listed as an inventor on 27 patents assigned to Soochow University in China. Likewise it was unaware another Thousand Talents recipient, professor Li Ling, was the inventor on two patents filed in China with Hohai University as the applicant. And it only discovered that professor Adam Ye had been recruited to the Thousand Talents program after he left the university in 2019.

    The University of Newcastle, which said none of its academics had disclosed Thousand Talents affiliations since 2016, has commenced a review after The Australian informed it that its professor Minyue Fu, a control systems and signal processing specialist, had been a Thousand Talents Plan recipient since 2010, was an academic committee member of the South China University of Technology’s autonomous systems lab and was named on about 20 patents assigned to Chinese universities or institutions. “We have commenced a review of these matters raised,” a spokeswoman. “This includes patents overseas, international university memberships and associated MOUs. We anticipate this review will be completed by the end of September. We take the issue of foreign interference very seriously.”

    Mr Hastie said an urgent parliamentary inquiry was essential. “Our universities are sovereign institutions, funded by the Commonwealth,” he said. “These revelations demonstrate how national research and intellectual property is being plundered by the CCP. Only a parliamentary inquiry, followed by decisive action, can bring the transparency we need to protect our national interests in this sector.”

    Liberal senator James Paterson said: “These are profoundly disturbing revelations. Particularly concerning is the total lack of transparency about these unorthodox arrangements. It’s time to lift the lid with a broad-ranging parliamentary inquiry into foreign interference at Australian universities.”

    Signing up

    Thousand Talent contracts state that the Chinese university “owns the copyrights of the works, inventions, patents and other intellectual properties produced by Party B during the Contract period”.

    What do the academics get?
    The "Thousand Talents Plan" has been described by FBI director Christopher Wray as “economic espionage”.

    Some Thousand Talents academics keep their links to China secret even from their Australian universities, while others are open about their involvement.

    Under "Thousand Talents Plan" contracts, scientists legally sign away the rights to their intellectual property to China.

    A standard clause in the contracts states China: “owns the copyrights of the works, inventions, patents and other intellectual properties produced by Party B (the academic) during the Contract period.”

    Many contracts order the scientist to observe Chinese legal system, stating the academic: “shall observe relevant laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China and shall not interfere in China’s internal affairs.”

    Australian academics are also warned about religious practices, with contracts often stating: “Party B shall respect China’s religious policies, and shall not conduct any religious activities incompatible with his/her status as a foreign expert.”

    They are offered a lucrative second salary, upwards of $150,000 a year, with generous research funding.

    Other perks include travel, tuition for their children and housing subsidies.

    Some academics are given an entire new laboratory in a Chinese university and team of research staff to work for them.

    They then have a "clone" team in China - often unbeknownst to their Australian employer.

    The academic often makes numerous trips to China to conduct research.

    The aim of the program is to 'own' the research conducted and paid for by western universities.

    Another Thousand Talents contract states: “We anticipate that you will make several trips to China each year during the term of your engagement, but will perform much of your work remotely.”

    China will benefit from the commercialisation: “Should Chinese scientists contribute to your discoveries in China, as we anticipate.. and our institutions will jointly own, protect and manage the commercialisation of these jointly-made discoveries.”

    Some contracts even order academics to observe Chinese legal system and religious practices, saying they “shall observe relevant laws and regulations of the People’s Republic of China and shall not interfere in China’s internal affairs”. But the contracts also state that academics cannot disclose they are a Thousand Talents recipient without permission, inviting deception with their original western employer. The failure to disclose second incomes is in breach of most university conflict-of-interest policies.

    Australian Strategic Policy Institute analyst Alex Joske, who released a report on Chinese talent recruitment programs last week, titled Hunting the Phoenix, said the Thousand Talents program was a major concern that needed better regulation by government and universities. “It leads to uncontrolled technology transfer to China which can lead to commercial harm, harm in terms of giving technology for military transfer to China and moral concerns, for example, concerns that technology developed with Australian funding or institutional backing could be applied to China’s surveillance state or monitoring and imprisonment of minorities and dissidents,” Mr Joske said.

    Chen Yonglin, a Chinese diplomat who defected to Australia sparking diplomatic tensions in 2005, said the Thousand Talents Plan was “totally a theft” and warned that the Australian government and universities should take it more seriously.

    “China is particularly interested in some world-leading fields of hi-tech in Australia such as quantum science, biotechnology, nanotechnology and new materials, superconducting materials, medical science and other advanced hi-tech,” Mr Chen said.

    “Australia should halt all high-level science and technology collaboration with Communist China.”

    He said the Thousand Talents Plan was run by all levels of the Chinese government including overseas missions, Chinese organisations affiliated to the Chinese government, and CCP United Front organisations — and they were keeping the program very quiet. “China internet search engines such as and, Wechat and Weibo have banned the sensitive phrase search of 1000 Talents on April 18, 2020,” Mr Chen said.

    The Chinese Government has taken the program underground, censoring and wiping records of academic participation online. Mentions of the program have been erased from scientists’ CVs and censored from Chinese government websites.

    Charles Sturt University public ethics academic Clive Hamilton said if there were scholars in Australia on the books of the Thousand Talents program, “then they are in effect working for the Chinese government while being paid to work at Australian universities”.

    The US Department of Energy and the US National Science Foundation have banned employees from participating in the Thousand Talents Plan and other recruitment programs, while a US Senate Committee has said the program is a threat to national security. The FBI has launched criminal investigations into Thousand Talents scientists for not declaring second salaries, tax fraud and intellectual property theft, saying it amounted to “economic espionage”.

    John Brown, assistant director of the FBI’s counterintelligence division, told the US Senate committee on homeland security and governmental affairs last November that through talent recruitment programs “the Chinese government offers lucrative financial and research benefits to recruit individuals working and studying outside of China who possess access to, or expertise in, high-priority research fields”.

    “While mere participation in a talent plan is not illegal, investigations by the FBI and our partner agencies have revealed that participants are often incentivised to transfer to China the research they conduct in the United States, as well as other proprietary information to which they can gain access, and remain a significant threat to the United States,” Mr Brown said.

    “In some cases, this has resulted in violations of US laws, including economic espionage, theft of trade secrets, and grant fraud.

    “In addition, many talent plan participants sign contracts outlining work that mirrors the research they perform at American institutions. These contracts subject participants to the broad laws of the Chinese government and — ironically — strictly protect China’s right to the patents and other intellectual property developed during work within the talent plan.”

    In Australia, the government has no oversight on how many academics with taxpayer funded-grants have been recruited to the Thousand Talents Plan. Whereas FBI director Christopher Wray gave a July speech outlining the risks of the Thousand Talents Plan, a security source said no Australian agency was charged with investigating this issue.

    A Department of Home Affairs spokeswoman said the government was working with universities after the introduction of guidelines to counter foreign interference in the sector.

    “It is critical that the work of Australian researchers is not undermined by foreign interference and activities that put our universities’ people, information, intellectual property and data at risk,” the spokeswoman said.

    Thousand Talents scholars and academics in similar recruitment programs
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    Ruibin Zhang 张瑞斌, University of Sydney
    Professor Zhang is a mathematics and statistics academic specialising in quantum field theory. In 2018, while working at USYD, Zhang took up a Thousand Talents scholarship with Shandong Normal University. He is also listed as an academic at the University of Science and Technology of China, where he is available as a supervisor for doctoral students. He has received 12 grants from the ARC totalling more than $3m. USYD said it was "unable to comment on Mr Zhang's situation." Zhang says he has never conducted research connected to military applications.
    Xiao-lin (Joshua) Zhao 赵晓林, University of NSW
    Professor Zhao was a lecturer at Monash University until April last year, when he was appointed the associate dean of UNSW Engineering. He specialises in hybrid construction and advanced materials. Reports from a gathering at the Melbourne Chinese Consulate in 2011 note Zhao was part of the Thousand Talents plan, through Tsinghua University. He has disclosed this affiliation to UNSW when he applied for the role of associate dean. He has received $2.46m in ARC grants as lead investigator and more than $10.7m as part of a team. He is a member of the Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia.
    Yi-bing Cheng 程一兵, Monash University (until 2018)
    Professor Cheng is a physicist who specialises in lasers. He was associate dean at Monash's School of Engineering until March 2018 and he has since moved to the Wuhan University of Technology (WUT). His biography states he is a Thousand Talents scholar. More than 10 patents he is named in were assigned to either the WUT or Huazhong University of Science and Technology while he was employed by Monash. His team at WUT is ‘undertaking multiple projects under the Ministry of Science and Technology's major research and development plan’. WUT is listed by ASPI as ‘designated high risk for its high level of defence research’. In 1996 it became an institution jointly administered by the PRC's Ministry of Education and Ministry of State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.
    Xuemin Lin 林学民, University of NSW
    Professor Lin joined UNSW in 1997 where he is the head of Data and Knowledge Research Group in the School of Computer Science and Engineering after obtaining degrees from Sudan University in China and the University of Queensland. He specialises in data mining, web databases and data streams. Lin was a Thousand Talents scholar from 2011 to 2016 with East China Normal University, for which he was paid an allowance. He has disclosed this appointment to UNSW.
    Jingling Xue 薛京灵, University of NSW
    Professor Xue, a computer scientist who specialises in programming languages, has previously co-authored research with Chinese generals linked to Beijing's nuclear weapons program. One university to which he is linked, the National University of Defence Technology, is the PLA’s premier institution for scientific research and education and has been blacklisted by the US. UNSW said he ended his relationship with NUDT in 2017. Xue has disclosed two Thousand Talent plan appointments to UNSW under which he received a living allowance. Xue has received more than $2.8m in ARC grants as lead investigator and $534,000 as part of a team.
    Yanchun Zhang 张彦春, Victoria University
    Professor Zhang, who specialises in online databases and pattern recognition, is an academic at Victoria University and has worked in the past with the World Health Organisation and the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. He was a Thousand Talents plan scholar from 2011 to 2013 with Fudan University, an appointment disclosed to VU. Zhang has received almost $2m in ARC research grants as the lead investigator and $3.5m as part of a team. Zhang still heads Fudan University’s Social Computing and Electronic Health Laboratory.
    Wang Xungai 王训该, Deakin University
    Professor Wang, a materials scientist who specialises in fibres such as cotton and silk, joined Deakin University in 1998 and is now the director of the Institute for Frontier Materials. At his institute, Australian Defence, Science and Technology Organisation work has been done by Chinese scholars and his Chinese biography states he has conducted projects for DSTO. A 2017 Victorian government paper on the state’s defence industry identified Professor Wang as a key researcher in the sector. While working in Australia, he became part of the Thousand Talents program, affiliated with Wuhan Textile University from 2010. He was also appointed as a Hubei provincial scholar. WTU also lists Wang as the dean of its School of Textile Science and Engineering. Teams he is part of have received almost $9m in Australian Research Council grants. He made Deakin aware of his involvement from the start and advised that he has “been given an allowance to cover accommodation and other local expenses” but not the “full remuneration package for a normal Thousand Talent”. A number of patent applications naming Wang have been assigned to Wuhan Textile University or Xinglong Holding (Group) Company Ltd. Deakin declined to respond to questions about whether it was aware of these patents.
    Minyue Fu 付敏跃, University of Newcastle
    Professor Fu, a control systems and signal processing and sensor networks expert, is an electrical engineering academic at UON. He, or teams he has been associated with, have received 42 Australian grants totalling $22.4m. Chinese university websites note that Fu was awarded a Thousand Talents scholarship with an affiliation to Zhejiang University in 2010. The Guangdong University of Technology also lists Fu as a distinguished professor at its School of Automation. He also appears to be named as one of the inventors of more than a dozen patents assigned to that university. Fu is an Academic Committee Member of the South China University of Technology’s Key Laboratory of Autonomous Systems and Network Control, run under the PRC Ministry of Education. UON has ‘commenced a review of these matters’.
    Jianfeng Nie 聂建峰, Monash University
    Professor Nie, whose current projects include the development of high strength magnesium and aluminium alloys, is a professor of material science and engineering at Monash University. According to Chongqing University, which states that he is the director of its Centre for Electron Microscopy, Nie was awarded a Thousand Talents scholarship in 2010 and was also awarded a fellowship under another program known as the Yangtze River Scholars. He is also listed as the deputy head of Chongqing University’s Frontier Science Centre. A number of patents with which he has been involved have been assigned to Chongqing University and Baoshan Iron & Steel, a subsidiary of the government-owned China Baowu Steel Group. Monash declined to comment.
    Neil Foster, Curtin University
    Emeritus Professor Foster worked for almost a decade at the CSIRO, leading a project into coal liquefaction. He was subsequently a researcher at UNSW, where he specialised in pharmaceuticals and targeted release technologies, before joining Curtin University in 2016. He is currently the John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor. Foster was awarded a national professorship under the Thousand Talents program in 2010 at the China University of Petroleum. UNSW said he was the first foreign recipient of a Thousand Talents award in Australia. This is disclosed by both Curtin and UNSW. Funding for a group he founded, the Supercritical Fluids Research Group, at UNSW was over $13m.
    Dongke Zhang 张东柯, University of WA
    Professor Zhang, who specialises in combustion science and fuel technology, is an academic at UWA. He says he has received more than $48m in funding from the Australian government and ‘overseas industries’. While at UWA, he visited Shanxi University in 2012 with the press release noting he was ‘a member of the National Thousand Talents Program’. Zhang's Thousand Talents involvement ended seven years ago, UWA said. UWA says it is ‘not aware of any funds paid to Professor Zhang’ as part of the Thousand Talents plan. A $5000 payment was donated to start ‘Zhang's Scholarships’, the university said. Zhang was part of the Chinese government overseas recruitment program which aims to ‘strengthen China's competitiveness’, the 111 Project at North China Electric Power University. Zhang was also president of the United Front-linked group, the Federation of Chinese Scholars in Australia. While being paid as a full-time professor at UWA, nine inventions in which he was involved have been assigned to China. In China, he is a distinguished professor at Shanxi University and Shenyang Aerospace University and is also affiliated with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Process. UWA did not comment on payment for these positions.
    Huijun Zhao 赵惠军, Griffith University
    Professor Zhao is the director of Griffith University’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, which researches chemical and microbiological approaches to pollutants. He has been at the university since 1997. Zhao has been part of the Thousand Talents plan since 2012, with affiliation to the Institute of Solid State Physics under the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Hefei, an ongoing arrangement disclosed to Griffith University. He receives a daily allowance for expenses while in China.
    Wenju Cai 蔡文炬, CSIRO
    Professor Cai is a research scientist at CSIRO and a specialist in climate and marine science. He is also leading the Qingdao National Marine Laboratory in China, reportedly with a team of more than 3000 researchers which Chinese President Xi Jinping has visited. The lab has launched a project that aims to use satellite-mounted light detection and ranging technology to pinpoint submarines at depths of up to 500m. It has been described as being used for anti-submarine warfare. He is named in multiple Chinese-language reports as being part of the Thousand Talents program and part of a similar Chinese government scheme known as Aoshan Talents. He is head of a joint research project with China’s Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology. Qingdao laboratory’s website states Cai is a Thousand Talents recipient but the CSIRO rejects this. He admits to being part of another Chinese talent recruitment program called Aoshan Talent, a scheme which can pay more than $200,000 a year, but CSIRO says he has received no remuneration for it. It can also include a house purchase and settlement of more than $1m if signing a lease of six or more years. Professor Cai was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2020.
    Dai Liming 戴黎明, University of NSW
    Professor Liming, a specialist in carbon-based metal-free renewable energy technology, is a chemical engineering academic at UNSW, which he joined from Case Western Reserve University in 2019 after receiving an ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship. At the same time as being UNSW’s professor in the School of Chemical Engineering, Professor Liming is the Dean of the Institute of Nano Biotechnology at the Wenzhou Medical College. He disclosed to UNSW that he had previously been part of the Thousand Talents scholarship for five years until 2015 and was paid an allowance for this. He previously spent 10 years at the CSIRO. Liming's research and inventions have been patented in China. UNSW said these patents were for ‘earlier research in China’ and ‘intellectual property rights were determined by agreements between institutions that funded the research at the time’.
    Zhaoyang (Joe) Dong 董朝阳, University of NSW
    Professor Dong, a specialist in power system planning and stability, joined UNSW in 2017 as director of its Digital Grid Futures Institute. His institute has received $12m in Australian government funding and $3m from Australian Research Council. Alongside his salary from UNSW, he has received funding from his Thousand Talents scholarship through the Chinese government’s second largest energy company, China Southern Grid. The company paid for Dong to hire researchers at UNSW. He also ran a research program for China Southern Grid at UNSW. The China People’s Daily stated in 2017 that Dong was head of Changsha University of Science and Technology’s School of Electrical and Information Engineering and was part of the Thousand Talents plan. UNSW said Dong disclosed his participation in Thousand Talent. Despite his 2017 appointment at UNSW, Dong is named as the lead inventor of a 2019 patent application filed by Shenzhen-based Turing Techtron and he is also named in two other applications filed in the last year. UNSW initially said: ‘At no time has Professor Dong sold or relinquished patents to any Chinese power companies.’ When presented with the evidence of the patents, UNSW said the patents were filed by his former PhD students without his knowledge. Dong was also a visiting professor with Changsha University of Science and Technology where he worked on joint research grants as a partner investigator. In May last year, Dong visited another PLA-affiliated secretive defence university, East China University of Technology, which is classified as high risk for its major defence laboratory and its seven designated defence research areas, to deliver a
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