CAPAC Members Meet with Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Matt Olsen on China Initiative Concerns

Jan 19, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) met with Department of Justice’s Assistant Attorney General, Matt Olsen, to express CAPAC’s concerns about the China Initiative, which is under review by the Department. CAPAC Chair Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:  

“I am so grateful to Assistant Attorney General Olsen for meeting with CAPAC today to listen to our concerns about the Department of Justice’s China Initiative program. As the Department continues a thorough review of the program, I am appreciative that Mr. Olsen took time to hear more about the impact the China Initiative is having on our Asian American communities. CAPAC has long been calling for an end to the China Initiative, a Department of Justice program that began in the previous Administration. In the meeting, CAPAC members expressed their views that this initiative has fallen far short of its stated goal of addressing economic espionage, and has instead resulted in numerous false accusations against Chinese researchers and scientists based on their ethnicity. I thank Assistant Attorney General Olsen for his leadership on this important issue and for meeting with us to hear our concerns as part of the review process.”