A Chinese intelligence official who allegedly conspired to steal trade secrets from an Ohio aviation company has been extradited to the U.S., according to the Justice Department.
“The U.S. side are making something out of thin air,” Lu said. “We hope the U.S. side can deal with this in accordance with the law.”
Working With Conspirator
The indictment, filed in federal court in Cincinnati, lays out Xu’s alleged efforts to steal technology from an unidentified Ohio-based aviation company. Xu worked with a conspirator, unnamed in the indictment, who contacted an engineer of the firm last year and offered to pay for a trip to China so the employee could talk about his work in connection with an event sponsored by a science and technology association, according to prosecutors.
The employee traveled to China in June 2017 and gave a presentation at a public university in Nanjing, they said. The employee’s talk included details about engines that were designed and produced by his company. In reality, the employee, who was paid $3,500 by Xu for the trip, was revealing information to the Chinese government, according to prosecutors.
“These charges are significant,” Demers told reporters on a conference call Wednesday. “The threat of insiders in companies being either pressured or co-opted by Chinese intelligence officials and others is very real.”
Xu, who was using the alias Qu Hui, continued to court the employee and received additional information including proprietary data involving the company’s fan blades, according to prosecutors. The employee, under Xu’s directions, downloaded company materials and traveled to Belgium in April to pass that data to Xu, the indictment alleges.