Why is US funding research to help China win the AI arms race?

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In the latest example of foreign adversaries exploiting vulnerabilities in the American research enterprise, House Republicans are investigating how federal research funds were paid to an artificial intelligence expert at UCLA with ties to the Chinese government. 

Together with findings in a new government watchdog report, the incident should make clear that the government’s process for vetting research is broken, putting the country at risk.”

In letters to UCLA, the Pentagon and the National Science Foundation, the Republican chairs of two committees requested information about $30 million in research funding provided to a UCLA computer scientist who moved to China in 2020 and has been contributing to Beijing’s efforts to win the AI arms race.

A 2019 Senate report detailed how the Chinese government had accessed federally funded research over a 20-year period. (Getty Images)

In a major security oversight, the National Science Foundation only learned about

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