United States arrests alleged Chinese national for targeting major aviation companies

Chinese spy charged with stealing U.S. aviation secrets and extradited for prosecution

He could be given a prison sentence of up to 25 years in addition to fines if charged and convicted, the Justice Department said.

We can not tolerate a nation stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower.

According to the charges, in 2017 Xu recruited experts who work for USA aerospace companies inside and outside the United States to travel to China under the pretense of lecturing at universities.

They say he invited employees to travel to China for an "exchange of ideas" or under the guise of delivering university presentations.

The ministry of state security is China's intelligence and security agency, responsible for counterintelligence, foreign intelligence and political security. Xu is a deputy division director with the organisation's Jiangsu provincial division.

"This indictment alleges that a Chinese intelligence officer sought to steal trade secrets and other sensitive information from an American company that leads the way in aerospace", Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in the release.

The charges come as Washington increases pressure on Beijing over its trade policies and alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property. The university is run by the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.

Top figures in the infosec industry fear that the recent arrest of a top Chinese intelligence officer will spark an increase in cyber-attacks from Chinese hacking groups in the coming months.

The temporary regulations, intended as a stopgap until FIRRMA is fully implemented in 2020, give the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, the authority to review any transactions that give a foreign entity access to nonpublic proprietary information of companies developing "critical technology".

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According to The Washington Post, the man was arrested after being lured to Belgium by United States agents and is suspected of having carried out his crimes since around December 2013.

Campbell is a former assistant director of the FBI's criminal investigative division, overseeing efforts to protect United States trade secrets.

GE Aviation has supplied engines for large Boeing Co and Airbus SE aircraft, and is working on a new generation of engines for commercial planes and heavy-lift military helicopters.

At a press conference Wednesday, Justice Department officials said they believed this is the first time a Chinese government spy has been extradited to the United States to face charges.

Xu, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation attempted to obtain technological information including trade secrets from employees of aerospace companies from the US and Europe. Xu wished to obtain trade secrets involving in the manufacturing of jet engine fan blades, on which GE spent decades and billions of dollars in research.

Three U.S. companies were involved in the technology theft operations and were identified only as victim companies A, B, and C.

"We can not tolerate a nation stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower". He is accused of concealing his identity to recruit people he thought could provide the Chinese with trade secrets.

Ji targeted individuals in science and tech industries, seven of whom worked for or recently retired from USA defense contractors. All were naturalized USA citizens born in Taiwan or China.

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

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