USA extradites alleged Chinese spy from Belgium

11 October, 2018, 22:44 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Chinese soldiers attend a flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square in Beijing this month

"But we can not tolerate a nation stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower".

NBC News on Tuesday quoted USA officials as saying a professor at a top cancer research center in Houston facing child pornography charges was also under scrutiny for alleged economic espionage for China.

"It is part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense", he claimed.

The Washington Post reported that he was lured to Belgium by USA federal law enforcement agents.

The ministry of state security is China's intelligence and security agency, responsible for counterintelligence, foreign intelligence and political security.

John Demers, the assistant USA attorney general for national security, said the case was not an isolated incident.

The indictment was unsealed on Wednesday following the suspect's extradition. "We will not tolerate a nation that reaps what it does not sow".


"This unprecedented extradition of a Chinese intelligence officer exposes the Chinese government's direct oversight of economic espionage against the United States", said Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division. It also said he made contact with experts working for the firms and recruited them to travel to China, often for the initial objective of delivering a university presentation and paying their costs and a stipend.

According to the indictment filed in the Southern District of Ohio, Xu sought technology used in the development of fan blades and engine encasements. He was then arrested by Belgian authorities, acting at the behest of the US, in April.

Xu often exchanged information with individuals at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronomics [NUAA], one of the top engineering schools in China and which has significant influence over China's aerospace industry, according to court documents. This included GE Aviation. The engineer put five corporate documents on his personal laptop, which he brought to the presentation, according to WCPO.com, the website for a television news station in Cincinnati, citing an Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit for a search warrant in the case.

The indictment does not say if the employee was aware Mr. Xu was a spy or if they ever met in Europe. "Engineers are working hard to resolve the issue fully".

The operation began in December 2013 and continued until Xu's arrest.

According to The Washington Post, the case is linked to last month's arrest of 27-year-old Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese citizen living in Chicago, who was arrested for allegedly passing information to what the DOJ called a "high-level intelligence officer" with the MSS. "Companies should also see that working together with federal law enforcement authorities, as in this case, those attempted thefts can be thwarted and foreign actors can be brought to trial for their actions - working together, we can stop China's efforts to steal the intellectual property of American companies".

Ji targeted individuals in science and tech industries, seven of whom worked for or recently retired from US defense contractors.

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