Chinese Spy Faces Decades in Jail After Conviction
A Chinese intelligence officer has been convicted of cyber-espionage by a US federal jury, in the first ever case of its kind.
Xu Janun, deputy division director of the Sixth Bureau of the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security, was found guilty of conspiring to and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets, according to the Department of Justice (DoJ).
From at least 2013, Xu is said to have targeted experts working for leading aviation companies in the US and elsewhere, including GE Aviation. He persuaded them to travel to China, often under the guise of giving a presentation at a local university. They would be paid stipends and travel costs and encouraged to share sensitive information including blueprints.
Xu, who used multiple aliases such as Qu Hui and Zhang Hui, eventually travelled to Belgium in 2018 to meet a target from GE Aviation who was being groomed to share trade secrets.
However, unknown to Xu, the employee and his organization were already working with the FBI and he was arrested there, before being extradited to the US a year later.
He is convicted of two counts of conspiring and