Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Graduates waving Chinese national flags during Columbia University's graduation ceremony in New York. May 16, 2018. Credit: Michael Nagle via Alamy Chinese academics are departing the United States at an accelerating pace, in a sign of America’s diminishing appeal for some of China’s brightest scientific minds. That finding comes from a new study by researchers from Princeton University, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who conducted a survey of scientists of Chinese origin in the U.S. and examined bibliographical data from academic journals. Their results show that a pervasive fear has enveloped the Chinese-born scholarly community: almost three-quarters of respondents say they feel unsafe as academic researchers in America. Unease about the U.S. government’s investigations into ethnically Chinese researchers is the number one reason for their insecurity. That should be cause for alarm for Washington, as it seeks to compete with Beijing for expertise in science and engineering. Ambitious legislation such as the Chips and Science Act, passed in August, has unlocked a wave of goSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.