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Chinese engineer sentenced to eight years in US prison for espionage |  Abroad

Chinese engineer sentenced to eight years in US prison for espionage | Abroad

A special court in Illinois has sentenced a Chinese engineer to 8 years in prison in the United States for spying for China. He allegedly provided the Chinese government with information about potential recruitment targets.

Ji Chaoqun, 31, was found guilty in September of “unlawfully acting as an agent of a foreign government” and “making false statements” after a trial in Chicago.

Ji, who came to the U.S. on a student visa in 2013, was arrested in September 2018 on charges of passing information to Chinese intelligence about eight people from China or Taiwan, some of whom were U.S. security officials. were contractors.

Ge is said to have contributed to Chinese efforts over the years to steal trade secrets from other aerospace companies, including Ohio-based GE Aviation, the world’s leading aircraft engine manufacturer, and suppliers to the US military.

According to the US Department of Justice, Xi acted on behalf of Xu Yanjun, a senior official at the Ministry of State Security of China’s Jiangsu Province. There, Xu led a large Chinese intelligence unit that allegedly sought to illegally obtain American industrial and trade secrets.

Xu was arrested in Belgium in 2018 and extradited to the United States to face trial. He was found guilty in November 2021 of economic espionage and attempted theft of trade secrets. In November 2022, he was sentenced to twenty years in prison.