A Chinese intelligence agent was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison in USA for attempting to steal technology from US and French aerospace companies, the Justice Department announced.
xu yanjun He was found guilty in November 2021 of having sought, since 2013, to obtain information on several aeronautical companies, including the American one General Electric Aviation and the French safranwho collaborated in the development of an engine.
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This agent of the Chinese Ministry of State Security would have identified experts employed by these companies and would have taken them to China under the pretext of university lectures, paying for their trip.
Arrested in Belgium in 2018, he probably traveled to that European country as part of a counterintelligence operation, thinking of meeting with a General Electric employee, before being extradited to the United States the same year.
“Xu targeted US airlines, recruited employees to fly to China, and solicited the proprietary information they had, all on behalf of the PRC government.”the Justice Department said in a press release.
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“This case sends a clear signal that we will hold accountable anyone who tries to steal American trade secrets,” said prosecutor Kenneth Parker.
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