The following is an excerpt from By TOM SCHOENBERG AND CHRIS STROHM | October 10, 2018 | Time.com |
A Chinese national who allegedly conspired to steal trade secrets from an Ohio aviation company has been extradited to the U.S., according to the Justice Department.
Xu Yanjun targeted U.S. and European aerospace companies on behalf of China’s Ministry of State Security, according to an indictment charging him with economic espionage and other crimes. Xu, who used multiple aliases, is a deputy division director within China’s intelligence and security agency, the U.S. alleges.
The charges come as the Trump administration takes a harder line on China, with Vice President Mike Pence last week challenging the country’s economic practices. The arrest of Xu and his extradition represent the first time the U.S. has been able to bring a Chinese intelligence officer to America to be prosecuted for economic espionage, said John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security. Xu was extradited from Belgium, where he was arrested on April 1.
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