Columbus, Ohio (AP) — Chinese convicted of trying to steal trade secrets Sentences are due Wednesday with prosecutors seeking 25 years in prison for the theft of proprietary aircraft engine fan technology from multiple US airlines and aerospace companies.
Yanjun Xu’s lawyers say such a sentence would be too harsh and, although he has served just under five years since his arrest, it is ample punishment.
Federal Judge Timothy Black of Cincinnati decides Shue’s verdict.
The government claims that since December 2013, Xu has recruited professionals to work for airlines, including GE Aviation in Cincinnati.
Federal prosecutors described Mr. Xu as the deputy director of China’s Ministry of State Security, China’s intelligence and security agency. In that role, he and others would pay stipends to travel to China under the guise of giving university presentations by experts, the government said.
Specifically, Xu was accused by the Chinese government of stealing technology related to GE Aviation’s composite aircraft engine fan and not copying by other companies in order to benefit the Chinese government.
Xu, 42, was arrested in Belgium in 2018 and later extradited to the U.S. after meeting a European GE employee on business, the government said the employee was not charged. .
Xu was charged with conspiracy and conspiracy to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets, and was convicted on all counts last year. 2 week trial.
Xu’s punishment should reflect his activities and efforts on behalf of China, prosecutors argued in Nov. 8 court documents.
“The ruling should promote respect for the rule of law not only among the millions of employees who have access to trade secrets of U.S. companies, but also among foreign governments seeking to transform such information.” they wrote
Xu’s attorneys argued that he was not a spy, never asked for trade secrets, and that the case involved the legal exchange of trade information.
“We urge the court to resist the government’s request to treat Mr. Xu as a role model and as a message to the nation as a whole.” there is.”
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