US charges China academics in trade theft scheme

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WASHINGTON D.C.: US prosecutors have charged six Chinese nationals, including three university professors, with a years-long scheme to steal mobile phone technology trade secrets for Beijing’s benefit. According to a 32-count criminal indictment filed April 1 and unsealed on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), the group led a long-running effort to obtain US trade secrets for universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government. Among those charged were Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang, who was arrested upon entry into the United States on Saturday (Sunday in Manila), US officials said. Five others named in the indictment were believed to be in China, according to a Justice Department official who noted that this is the 11th case brought for economic espionage under a 1996 law.

AFP

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