Chinese Spy Sentenced for Stealing Space-Grade Technology

The orchestrated drama playing out on Capitol Hill by disgruntled Democrats conducting a bogus impeachment inquiry – while ignoring the wider issue of corrupt politicians selling access to totalitarian and corrupt régimes at the expense of America’s national security interests – should be the primary goal of each lawmaker regardless of party affiliation.

This latest act of economic espionage by China once again reaffirms why President Trump and others are rightly concerned, regarding America’s economic sovereignty.

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A 39-year-old Chinese national named Tao Li was just sentenced on October 16th by United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 40 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release.

Li had previously pleaded guilty to conspiring to export military- and space-grade technology to the People’s Republic of China without a license in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

“This case is one of many involving illegal attempts to take U.S. technology to China.  Li attempted to procure highly sensitive U.S. military technology in violation of our export control laws.  Such laws are in place to protect our national security, and the Department of Justice will continue to vigorously enforce them,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers. “We don’t take these crimes lightly and we will continue to pursue them.”

To better understand what transpires in a country like China, is to understand how pervasive they’ve become, as demonstrated by the recent dust-up involving the NBA, and how their influence now dominates the entire league, imagine for a moment how that same  pervasive influence can manifest itself into America’s political system, requiring just a few renegade politicians selling access.

This may have inadvertently been the catalyst for allowing Li to steal a vital strategic resource from December 2016 through January 2018. The indictment charges Li along with other individuals in China for illegally purchasing radiation-hardened power amplifiers and supervisory circuits for the purpose of exporting them to China, which is once again is illegal.

The electronic components can withstand a high degree of radiation and extreme heat, making them a significant resource for space and military applications, and a vital piece of technology within the wrong hands.

However, in order to export those sensitive components the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security requires an export license prior to those two components being sent out of the United States.

Moreover, China certainly isn’t a country that the Department of Commerce has on its exporting list of highly sensitive electronic components.

“If you steal our military and space technology, you should expect to go to prison,” said Michael Bailey, United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. “But for the diligent work of HSI and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, our nation’s security would’ve been damaged by Mr. Li.”

Bryan D. Denny, Special Agent in Charge of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, Western Field Office, also weighed saying, “Li’s sentencing was the result of a highly successful joint investigative effort with our law enforcement partners and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that prevented U.S. military technology from falling into the wrong hands.”

Adding, “It also reaffirms our commitment to protecting America from this type of activity and, equally so, serves as a warning to those intent on illegally exporting our technologies that the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and its partners will pursue these crimes relentlessly.”

The Chinese government has a long sordid history of stealing America’s intellectual prosperities, along with strategic military secrets.

Just last year the U.S. Justice Department arrested and indicted a spy for China’s Ministry of State Security on charges of economic espionage and attempting to steal trade secrets from several U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.

Chinese operative Yanjun Xu was arrested by the FBI in Belgium, and extradited to the U.S. for espionage.

The FBI acknowledged that the arrest and extradition are unprecedented, illustrating China’s bold moves in ramping up economic espionage against the United States, perhaps as a counter to the President’s continued harsh sanctions.

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