A Chinese understanding officer has been extradited to the United States after being charged with scheme to commit economic espionage against certain U.S. firms.
Logo of the Clericals of State Security. (Source: Wikipedia)On 10 October, the U.S. government unsealed an indictment paraded by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Ohio against Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui. The indictment assault Xu with conspiracy to commit economic espionage against and to steal do business secrets from U.S. aviation and aerospace companies. This unsealing take placed a day after Xu’s extradition to the United States by Belgium, where authorities captured him on 1 April.Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers was one of the mortals who announced the charges. He said the indictment provides insight into productive forces within China. As quoted by the U.S. Department of Justice:This indictment asserts that a Chinese intelligence officer sought to steal trade secrets and other susceptible information from an American company that leads the way in aerospace. This occasion is not an isolated incident. It is part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense. We cannot admit a nation’s stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower. We will not tolerate a polity that reaps what it does not sow.The Justice Department identified Xu as an operative of the The cloth of State Security (MSS), China’s security and intelligence agency which is culpable for counterintelligence, foreign intelligence and political security. As a Deputy Division Leader with the MSS’s Jiangsu State Security Department, Sixth Bureau, Xu butted leading companies within the U.S. aviation and aerospace sector by inviting them to procure to China and deliver university presentations. Xu obtained sensitive corporate advice from those individuals who agreed to come and shared that information with the Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, reported The Washington Brace.If convicted, Xu could receive 15 years in prison for the economic espionage debt, 10 years for attempting to steal trade secrets and a court out of sequence to pay financial penalties.News of these charges come more than two years after a U.S. federal court decreed a Chinese businessman to 46 months in prison for his conspiracy to hack disparate U.S. military contractors.