Washington: A US federal court in Cincinnati, US, on Wednesday sentenced a Chinese spy to 20 years in prison. According to the Justice Department, it is alleged that until last year he conspired to steal trade secrets from several American aviation and aerospace companies.
Xu Yanjun, 42, was detained in Belgium in 2018 following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, reports news agency Reuters. Yu was indicted last November 2021 by a federal jury of conspiracy and attempted economic espionage and trade secret theft. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of 25 years to act as a deterrent against similar actions, but Xu’s lawyers said in earlier court filings that it was excessive.
“Today’s sentencing reflects the seriousness of those crimes and the Department of Justice’s determination to investigate and prosecute efforts by the Chinese government, or any foreign power, to threaten our economic and national security,” US Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement. Shows determination.”
Between 2013 and 2018, it was accused of using aliases and front companies to target several US aviation and aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric Co. China’s embassy in Washington did not respond to the sentence. Last year, China’s foreign ministry dismissed the allegations against Xu as fabricated.
US officials say the Chinese government is the biggest long-term threat to US economic and national security, and is making unprecedented efforts to steal vital technology from American businesses and researchers. FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) director Christopher Ray has said that his agency opens a China-related crime case about twice a day.
FIRST PUBLISHED : November 17, 2022, 07:13 IST