First ever 'Chinese spy' extradited to stand trial in US

US officials reveal charges against Chinese spy who was captured in Belgium

The Justice Department announced charges Wednesday against a Chinese government operative who authorities say tried to steal tried secrets from USA aviation and aerospace companies, including GE Aviation.

The US has charged a suspected Chinese spy with attempting to steal secrets from top American aviation and aerospace companies after he was tracked down and detained in Belgium.

As far back as 2013, Xu targeted key aviation and aerospace companies around the world, including GE Aviation inside the United States, on behalf of China's Ministry of State Security, according to the Justice Department.

"This case is not an isolated incident".

"If not the first, this is an exceptionally rare achievement - that you're able to catch an espionage operative and have them extradited to the United States", said John Carlin, a former assistant attorney general for national security.

We can not tolerate a nation stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower.

The two nations agreed to cease all hacking operations aimed at intellectual property (IP) theft in the autumn of 2015, when the countries' two presidents, US President Obama and Chinese President Xi, signed a political agreement on the matter.

This is the latest in a string of economic espionage cases involving Chinese nationals stealing information beneficial to Beijing-though an indictment of an intelligence officer within the Chinese Communist Party is rare. Some of those defendants were charged with trying to steal everything from wind turbine technology to engineered rice and corn, which provides a sense of the breadth of what USA officials say Beijing is looking to acquire. Last week Vice President Pence accused Chinese security agencies of "mastermind [ing] the wholesale theft of American technology".


He referred in particular to Beijing's intention to get secret information on United States trade, ideas and innovations.

He was detained in Belgium on 1 April at the request of the US. Prosecutors will be able try him in federal court in Cincinnati, where he made an initial appearance on Wednesday.

"U.S. aerospace companies invest decades of time and billions of dollars in research".

Xu often exchanged information with individuals at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronomics, which is one of the top engineering schools in China and has significant influence over China's aerospace industry, according to court documents.

A spokesman for one of the targeted companies, General Electric Aviation, said "the impact to GE Aviation is minimal, thanks to early detection, our advanced digital systems and internal processes, and our partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

In February, Xu began discussing with the engineer the possibility of meeting in Europe during one of the engineer's business trips, the indictment said. Xu's co-conspirators told the employee that they wished the presentation to focus on highly technical information such as how a material would be applied for use in aeroengines.

According to The Washington Post, the case is linked to last month's arrest of 27-year-old Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese citizen living in Chicago, who was arrested for allegedly passing information to what the DOJ called a "high-level intelligence officer" with the MSS. The pair were said to have specifically targeted techies who were naturalized USA citizens born in China or Taiwan.

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