The Department of Justice declared Wednesday that it is ending its “China Initiative” program that was directed at preventing spying by the Chinese Communist Party and launching a new, “broader approach.” The China Initiative was started in 2018 under the Trump Administration to protect U.S. national security against Chinese spying on U.S. intellectual property and academia. The DOJ website announced it was aimed at “identifying and prosecuting those engaged in trade secret theft, hacking, and economic espionage,” as well as “protecting our critical infrastructure against external threats through foreign direct investment and supply chain compromises.” [tweet_embed] February 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] That program is coming to an end. In its place, the DOJ is instituting a new “Strategy for Countering Nation-State Threats.” “Our goal with this strategy is to take a comprehensive approach that draws on the full extent of our tools and authorities to address the alarming rise in illegal activity from hostile nations,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen of the DOJ’s National Security Division announced. “This includes growing threats within the United States and to Americans and U.S. businesses abroad.” Olsen stated “the current threat landscape demands a broader approach,” and cited not only China, yet Iran, Russia, and North Korea. [tweet_embed] February 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] “These nations seek to undermine our core democratic, economic, and scientific institutions,” he went on. “And they employ a growing range of tactics to advance their interests and to harm the United States. Defending American institutions and values against these threats is a national security imperative and a priority for the Department.” Olsen insisted that the new approach does not mean that the agency is losing sight of the threat China poses. “Make no mistake, we will be relentless in defending our country from China,” Olsen announced. The DOJ conducted a review of the China Initiative, and changes were expected. The DOJ was concerned that the old program stoked anti-Asian bias after receiving input from the Asian American community. [tweet_embed] February 26, 2022[/tweet_embed] Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Biden administration had been under pressure from activists and faculty at some universities over the effort. They announced it was hurting U.S. competitiveness in research and disproportionately targeting people based on race. Protesters stood outside the DOJ last month, stating the initiative unfairly targeted Chinese professors, and almost 200 Yale professors recently signed a letter to Garland asking him to end the initiative. A former Justice Department official lamented that the U.S. "stopped fighting for the China initiative on January 20, 2021,” the day President Biden took office. The former official told Fox News China was successful in framing the issue as one of racial bias and that the U.S. stopped attempting to counter this. “We gave up. You know the champagne corks will be popping at CCP offices. They won the disinformation campaign,” the former official declared.