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U.S. Scrutiny of Israel’s China Ties Expands to Universities

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Israeli academics’ ties with China are on the U.S.’s radar, according to two people familiar with the matter, adding new pressure on its Middle Eastern ally to cool relations with Beijing.

Academic projects involving technology research and development are a focus, one of the people said. While there has been no discussion of possible penalties or incentives to get Israel to dial down relations with Chinese universities, the person said, the U.S. is Israel’s top benefactor and cannot be ignored. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.