A Chinese spy was found guilty of attempting to obtain U.S. aviation secrets.

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A federal jury has found a Chinese Ministry of State Security spy guilty of plotting to steal trade secrets from several U.S. aviation and aerospace companies, according to the Justice Department.

Yanjun Xu, the first Chinese operator extradited to the US for trial, was found guilty of two counts of conspiring and attempting to commit economic espionage, as well as one count of conspiracy to steal trade secrets and two counts of attempted trade secret theft.

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

In a statement, FBI Assistant Director Alan Kohler Jr. said the bureau was working with dozens of U.S. agencies to share information and resources to combat operations by the People’s Republic of China.

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“For those who doubt the real goals of the PRC, this should be a wakeup call; they are stealing American technology to benefit their economy and military,” he said.

Going back as far as 2013, Yanjun was accused of using multiple aliases to carry out economic espionage and steal trade secrets on behalf of China. Multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric Co, were his targets, the release said.


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