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U.S. Charges Alleged Chinese Government Spy With Stealing U.S. Trade Secrets
NPR ^ | October 10, 20184:02 PM ET | Ryan Lucas

Posted on 10/10/2018 4:59:07 PM PDT by Zhang Fei

The Justice Department unsealed charges Wednesday against a suspected Chinese spy for allegedly conducting economic espionage and trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. aerospace companies.

The alleged Chinese intelligence officer, Yanjun Xu, was extradited to the United States on Tuesday from Belgium, where he was arrested in April at Washington's request.

His extradition marks what appears to be the first time that a Chinese spy has been brought to the U.S. to face prosecution, according to U.S. officials.

The U.S. is trying combat what American officials describe as a relentless effort by the Chinese government to plunder American industry of its innovative ideas and technologies.

Senior U.S. national security officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, have repeatedly warned that China is aggressively trying to acquire — largely illegally — new and emerging technologies in everything from agriculture to artificial intelligence to try to surpass the United States as the world's preeminent power.

Last week, Vice President Pence accused the Chinese of trying to orchestrate "the wholesale theft of American technology."

Top law enforcement officials picked up that theme on Wednesday.

"This case is not an isolated incident," Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said of Xu's alleged actions. "It is part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense. We cannot tolerate a nation's stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower."

Xu made his initial appearance in federal court in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Wednesday. According to court papers, he is a deputy division director for the Ministry of State Security, which is China's intelligence and security agency, in Jiangsu Province.

His job, prosecutors say, was to obtain technical information and trade secrets from foreign aviation and aerospace companies.

The allegations

Starting in 2013, court papers say, Xu targeted experts and

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; maga; trump
Chinese official from the Ministry of State/National Security (aka guo an) arrested in Belgium and extradited to the US. Many spies operate under official cover (i.e. as trade coordinator, cultural affairs attache, etc) and cannot be prosecuted due to diplomatic immunity. But the number of diplomatic slots is limited, so some operate under the radar. The term I've seen used to refer to these operatives is "illegals", because they risk prosecution as spies if discovered.
1 posted on 10/10/2018 4:59:08 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Zhang Fei

Kill him and bill China for the cost of the execution.

2 posted on 10/10/2018 5:04:30 PM PDT by steel_resolve (And an angel still rides in the whirlwind and directs this storm)
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To: steel_resolve

[Kill him and bill China for the cost of the execution.]

If the past is any indication, the Belgium handover, like those from other non-death penalty countries, is conditional upon the death penalty not being an option. We could snuff him anyway, but it would mean the end of extraditions from non-death penalty countries.

3 posted on 10/10/2018 5:14:24 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (They can have my pitbull when they pry his cold dead jaws off my ass.)
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To: steel_resolve

Do not kill him

Turn him

4 posted on 10/10/2018 5:17:30 PM PDT by bert ((KE. N.P. N.C. +12) Muller..... conspiracy to over throw the government)
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To: bert

“Do not kill him Turn him”

Good thinkin’ Bert. May I suggest that it’s a little bit late for that now?

5 posted on 10/10/2018 5:32:20 PM PDT by dljordan (WhoVoltaire: "To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.")
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To: Zhang Fei

Was the spy a driver for a Democratic Senator from California?

6 posted on 10/10/2018 6:27:12 PM PDT by Deplorable American1776 (Proud to be a DeplorableAmerican with a Deplorable Family...even the dog is, too. :-))
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To: Zhang Fei

Now Looking at post source
has anything honest ever come out of NPR?
NPR is the voice of radical left socialism
NPR is not a reliable source for anything
NPR is the radical Left Media Voice
NPR should not be allowed to post on FR

7 posted on 10/10/2018 7:23:28 PM PDT by huckleberry55
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To: dljordan

Turning involves creating an asset fom a lability. The asset has valuable knowledge that can be extracted and used going forward.

Deadmen however, tell no tales.

8 posted on 10/11/2018 5:02:34 AM PDT by bert ((KE. N.P. N.C. +12) Muller..... conspiracy to over throw the government)
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