DOJ Targeting Chinese Economic Espionage

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has released two indictments this week targeting Chinese individuals and companies allegedly involved in economic espionage, marking the latest in a string of cases involving both Chinese nationals and foreigners recruited by Chinese intelligence officials, and an increasing focus on Beijing’s alleged IP theft amidst the ongoing trade war. The first indictment, released Tuesday, charged ten Chinese nationals—including two Jiangsu-based intelligence officers and five hackers—for the years-long theft of aerospace secrets. It follows the unprecedented extradition of Yanjun Xu, a senior Ministry of State Security (MSS) official, for stealing aviation secrets from top firms like GE Aviation. Katie Benner at the New York Times reports on Tuesday’s indictment:

From January 2010 to May 2015, they stole turbofan engine plans and other confidential business information from 13 companies, according to court documents. They included Capstone Turbine, a gas turbine

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