As American Defense News (ADN) has reported frequently, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), ministry of State Security (MSS) and the People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) has been stealing American military, technological and other secrets on an industrial scale for decades.
This massive espionage operation has helped them gain superpower status and gives China $600 billion a year in benefits.
A recent historic court decision shows how.
19fortyfive reports that:
US counterintelligence officials managed to lure Yanjun Xu, a senior Chinese intelligence officer, out of China in 2018 and then get him extradited to the US to stand trial for attempting to steal advanced aircraft-engine technology, which China’s military has struggled to develop.
This case is only the latest in a series of espionage operations by Beijing meant to steal industrial and military secrets from the US and its allies and partners and even from Russia — a theft that has allowed China’s military to rapidly build its arsenals of sophisticated weapons.
On November 5, a federal jury convicted Xu — deputy division director of the Sixth Bureau of the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (MSS), the primary intelligence agency of the Chinese Communist Party — of “conspiring to and attempting to commit economic espionage and theft of trade secrets.”
The Chinese intelligence officer was coordinating an operation to get access to a General Electric Aviation composite aircraft engine fan, a piece of technology no other firm has been able to reproduce.
Xu’s arrest and conviction are unique and shed light on a shadowy conflict in which Beijing is trying to wrestle global supremacy from the US using any means possible. Military secrets aren’t the only target. The US’s top counterintelligence agency estimates that Beijing steals $200 billion to $600 billion worth of economic secrets from the US every year.
However, this is only the latest in a series of espionage operations by CCP China to steal industrial and military secrets from the U.S. and its allies (and even from Russia) which has allowed China’s military to rapidly build its arsenal of sophisticated weapons and reach true military superpower status.
Alan Kohler, the FBI’s assistant director of counterintelligence, said Xu’s actions were a form of “state-sponsored economic espionage” by the Chinese Communist Party to steal American technological and trade secrets.
“For those who doubt the real goals of the PRC, this should be a wakeup call,” Kohler said. “They are stealing American technology to benefit their economy and military.” ADN