Chinese man sentenced to 8 years in US prison for spying
A former graduate student in Chicago was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for spying for the Chinese government by gathering information on engineers and scientists in the United States, SIA refers to foreign media.
Ji Chaoqun, a Chinese national who came to the US to study electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology in 2013 and later enlisted in the US Army Reserves, was arrested in 2018.
The 31-year-old was convicted last September of acting illegally as an agent of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) and of making a material false statement to the US Army.
Ji was then tasked with providing an intelligence officer with biographical information on individuals for potential recruitment as Chinese spies.
The individuals included Chinese nationals who were working as engineers and scientists in the US, some of whom worked for American defense contractors.
Ji’s spying was part of an effort by Chinese intelligence to obtain access to advanced aerospace and satellite technologies being developed by US companies, the Justice Department said in a statement.
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