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Chinese Intelligence Officer Extradited to the United States for Espionage Charges

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A Chinese intelligence officer has been extradited to the United States after being charged with conspiracy to commit economic espionage against certain U.S. firms.

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On 10 October, the U.S. government unsealed an indictment filed by a federal grand jury in the Southern District of Ohio against Yanjun Xu, aka Qu Hui, aka Zhang Hui. The indictment charged Xu with conspiracy to commit economic espionage against and to steal trade secrets from U.S. aviation and aerospace companies. This unsealing came a day after Xu’s extradition to the United States by Belgium, where authorities arrested him on 1 April.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers was one of the individuals who announced the charges. He said the indictment provides insight into economic forces within China. As quoted by the U.S. Department of Justice:

This indictment alleges that a Chinese intelligence officer sought to steal trade...(continued)
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