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Chinese spy who stole secrets from GE Aviation gets 20 years in prison

Added 11-16-22 06:03:01pm EST - “A Chinese government official convicted of spying on and stealing trade secrets from Cincinnati-based GE Aviation, believed to be the first Chinese espionage suspect extradited to the U.S., was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Chinese spy who stole secrets from GE Aviation gets 20 years in prison”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Chinese government official convicted of spying on and stealing trade secrets from Cincinnati-based GE Aviation, believed to be the first Chinese espionage suspect extradited to the U.S., was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison.

“Today’s sentence demonstrates the seriousness of those crimes and the Justice Department’s determination to investigate and prosecute efforts by the Chinese government, or any foreign power, to threaten our economic and national security,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

Xu Yanjun worked for the Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS). He targeted both U.S. and foreign aviation companies in order to acquire trade secrets and technical specifications beginning at least by December 2013, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.

In 2014, Xu had Ji Chaoqun, himself convicted of espionage in September 2022, register as a foreign agent in order to collect biographical information on future targets.

Ji was studying at an unspecified Chicago school at the time, and was directed to recruit at least nine other individuals whose names Xu provided him.

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