Chinese spy convicted of trying to steal US secrets

The US Department of Justice said on Friday that a federal jury indicted a spy from China’s Ministry of State Security of conspiring to steal trade secrets from a number of US airlines and space companies.

Yangon Shu, the first Chinese agent to be extradited to the United States for trial, was charged with two counts of conspiracy and attempted economic espionage, as well as one count of conspiracy to commit the theft of trade secrets and two counts of attempted theft of trade secrets .

The decision means Yangon could face a total of up to 60 years in prison for all violations, and fines totaling more than $5 million, according to a press release. He is scheduled to be sentenced by a federal district court judge

In a statement, Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Alan Koehler Jr. said that the bureau is working with dozens of US agencies to share information and means to combat operations by the People’s Republic of China.

He added, “For those who question the true goals of the People’s Republic of China , this should be a wake-up call. They are stealing American technology for their economy and their military.”

Yangon was accused in 2013 of using several aliases to carry out economic espionage and stealing trade secrets for China.

The statement said that its targets included a number of US aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric

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