Espionage involving China

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    Seems to be theft within the larger power generating turbines from GE. Don't know how useful this knowledge would be considering the domestic large turbines that are coming online already?

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...crets-spying-on-ge-to-aid-china-idUSKCN1RZ24O

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former engineer and a Chinese businessman have been charged with economic espionage and conspiring to steal trade secrets from General Electric Co to benefit China, according to an indictment unsealed by the U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday.

    The indictment against the former GE engineer, Xiaoqing Zheng, and Chinese businessman Zhaoxi Zhang, comes after Zheng was initially charged in August in connection with the alleged theft. It marks the first time the U.S. government has formally said the scheme was carried out to benefit China and that the Chinese government provided “financial and other support.”

    According to the indictment, Zheng stole the proprietary data on GE’s turbine technology by encrypting the files on his computer and secretly embedding them into a digital photograph of sunset before emailing the photograph to his personal email.

    Zheng, 56, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday and was allowed to remain free on bond. His attorney Kevin Luibrand declined to comment.

    The charges are the latest in a handful of cases brought by the Justice Department since last year as part of a broader crackdown by the Trump administration, which has vowed to fight Chinese theft of corporate secrets, cheating through intellectual property theft, illegal corporate subsidies and the use of rules that hamper U.S. corporations that want to sell their goods in China.

    The FBI has said in the past that nearly every one of the agency’s 56 field offices have investigations into economic espionage tied to China.

    The 14-count indictment against the pair charges that Zheng, who worked at GE Power & Water in Schenectady, New York, stole multiple electronic files containing details about design models, engineering drawings and other specifications related to the company’s gas and steam turbines.


    Prosecutors say he emailed the files to Zhang, who was located in China.

    GE said in a statement it has “been in close cooperation with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for some time on this matter.”

    The two men allegedly used the stolen information to advance their own business interests in two turbine research and development companies - Liaoning Tianyi Aviation Technology Co Ltd and Nanjing Tianyi Avi Tech Co Ltd.

    The indictment adds that the pair received financial and other support from the Chinese government through those two companies, and they coordinated with Chinese government officials.

    According to the indictment, Zheng told GE in February 2016 that he was operating an aviation parts supply company in China with his brothers, and asked permission to ensure it did not violate any rules about conflicts of interest. GE approved his proposal, asking that he protect the company’s intellectual property.

    About a year later, around November or December 2017, GE discovered a large number of encrypted files saved on Zheng’s computer.

    By July 2018, the company learned he had embedded the files in the seemingly innocuous photo of a sunset and emailed them to himself.


    In interviews with the FBI in August 2018, prosecutors said he admitted to taking GE files. He also told agents his companies in China had received grant money from the Chinese government.

    Zheng and Zhang, 46, were formally indicted on April 18. A jury trial has been set for June 24 in Albany, New York. Zhang was believed to be in China, the Justice Department said.
     
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    NSA anyone ... we have Edward Snowden to thank for showing how underhand America is .... it uses espionage to help US companies by stealing rivals tech and passing on to US companies , and stealing data to help using companies win contracts .... with allies like America the EU right to label the USA as the enemy
     
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    Some anti-China slant but a good read nonetheless, especially for any poster who quotes Hong Kong media over-zealously. Many embedded links to related articles on the original page:

    https://thediplomat.com/2019/05/hong-kong-and-the-us-china-new-cold-war/

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    I really thought that the US was systemically finding and targeting Chinese scientists helping the rise of China until I read this. Now I see the US has gone crazy and is implementing Cultural Revolution USA edition because it doesn't know what else to do. I knew both of these Emory professors. They did absolutely nothing to help China or harm the US. They took Chinese money and used it to research Huntington's Disease, an ailment that does not affect Chinese people but is present mostly in the Caucasian population. This is against Chinese interests, for US interests. They were not even pro-China in spirit. I attended a dinner party with them and this schmuck was bad-mouthing China the whole time, saying it needs to be more like the US. His wife had only bad things to say about the quality of things made in China. Chinese people immediately argued with them and shut their mouths. Their latest request for resources and position was rejected by China because all they wanted to do was waste Chinese money to publish papers that lacked any substance to clinical relevance but could bolster their names. The only thing they did that benefited China was that they took many Chinese students to their Emory lab to teach them basic (really basic) genetic techniques before working them to death then sending them home and that's not because they wanted to help China; it's because he wanted to hire for cheap and have absolute power over them. Emory students cost full US stipend and are protected by the University in case of excessive demands so they took as few as possible while still satisfying school requirements. They are not even impressive scientists; they vaulted to fame from a 1995 discovery of a protein and now, 25 years later, they still can't figure out what it does! For the FBI to shut down their lab is a big mistake; they saw Chinese face, Chinese name, works with Chinese labs, and they jumped on him without figuring out exactly what was going on. (Yes, the FBI raided his lab and shut it down; it was not just a university action.) The Chinese should be taking away his lab, not the Americans.

    Most ironically, perhaps, is that this couple talked about embracing America when coming to the US, and now, they see how much America embraced fake Americans back! Now I truly feel like the US has lost its mind and we are in the ramp-up of the American Cultural Revolution.

    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/prof...y-for-hiding-grants-from-china-215407630.html
    Professors fired from Emory University for hiding grants from China

    Two Chinese American professors at Emory University have been fired for failing to disclose research fundings from China and their work for Chinese universities while receiving federal grants from the U.S. government, the latest example of how the U.S. is battling with Beijing’s growing influence on academic activities and addressing intellectual property protection in the science field.

    Xiao-Jiang Li and his wife Shihua Li, both professors of human genetics at Emory University School of Medicine, have been dismissed this week, Yahoo Finance learned. The investigation on Li was prompted by a letter that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sent to over 10,000 academic research universities last August. The letter urged institutions to work with NIH and other agencies including the FBI to crack down on foreign influence, particularly from China. Recipients of U.S. federal funds have to disclose if they are receiving funds from other countries and are not allowed to share their grant applications with foreign governments.

    The dismissal of Xiao-Jiang Li, a tenured Emory professor since 2005, came as a surprise to many. He is a distinguished professor, who also runs Emory’s Li Laboratory, which has 11 researchers. Information about the couple and the lab has been removed from Emory’s website.
     
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    They can now go back to China full time.
     
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    They are active in China now but they aren't getting what they want. They want power and resources and while they do have their lab that they were given during the thousand talents recruitment, they are being denied the massive expansion they requested because they want to use Chinese resources to work on a disease without implications for Chinese people and they are going about it in a way that emphasizes their own name-building over truly contributing to the cure of the disease. They can continue small time in China.
     
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