US arrests alleged Chinese spy after extradition from Belgium

First ever 'Chinese spy' extradited to stand trial in US

Mr. Xu was arrested in Belgium in April and returned to the United States on Tuesday.

We can not tolerate a nation stealing our firepower and the fruits of our brainpower.

The report said the Chinese, along with Russian and other foreign spies, are targeting key technologies related to energy, biotechnology, defense, environmental protection, high-end manufacturing, information, and communications.

One of the companies allegedly targeted by Xu was GE Aviation, a unit of General Electric Co.

Industries targeted by Treasury's new regulations also include telecommunications and semiconductors, aluminium production, computer storage devices, guided missiles and other military equipment in addition to aviation manufacturing. China paid for the travel and also gave the experts a fee.

"This case is not an isolated incident", Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers said of Xu's alleged actions.

A Chinese national is being held in custody by U.S. authorities after he was extradited from Belgium on Tuesday, adding to escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing.

"This unprecedented extradition of a Chinese intelligence officer exposes the Chinese government's direct oversight of economic espionage against the United States", said Bill Priestap, the assistant director of the FBI's counterintelligence division.

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Xu, a senior officer with China's Ministry of State Security (MSS), appeared in federal court in Cincinnati on Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

Wray spoke in a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, where he answered lawmakers' questions about national security threats including allegations by Pence and President Donald Trump that China is attempting to influence United States voters in upcoming midterm elections.

Justice Department officials said the indictment is but the latest example of China seeking to develop its economy at the expense of American firms and know-how. It also said he made contact with experts working for the firms and recruited them to travel to China, often for the initial objective of delivering a university presentation and paying their costs and a stipend.

The DOJ said Xu is a top member of the Ministry of State Security - the Chinese intelligence agency whose members have permission to spy in China and around the world. "We will not tolerate a nation that reaps what it does not sow".

Xu often exchanged information with individuals at Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronomics, which is one of the top engineering schools in China and has significant influence over China's aerospace industry, according to court documents.

Glassman said he had no plans to charge the GE Aviation employee, who no longer works at the company. Impressed, Xu in March asked the engineer if it was possible to "dump" the material from his laptop to a thumb drive when the two met in Belgium, the indictment said.

Last month, the United States justice department confirmed the arrest of a Chinese citizen in Chicago on charges he was an undercover agent for a high-ranking Chinese intelligence official who was trying to recruit engineers and scientists.

Last week Vice President Pence accused Chinese security agencies of "masterminding the wholesale theft of American technology". The pair were said to have specifically targeted techies who were naturalized U.S. citizens born in China or Taiwan.

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