China says accusations against alleged spy 'out of thin air'

US arrests alleged Chinese national for targeting major aviation companies

A senior justice department official said the case was "part of an overall economic policy of developing China at American expense".

The emails discussed China's attempts to obtain information on composite fan rotors for aircraft, and Xu urged one US employee of a company to provide information on a computer flash drive.

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

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of OH said at a press conference Wednesday that Xu would invite the employees to travel to China for a so-called exchange of ideas and would offer to pay for their travel.

According to a U.S. Department of Justice announcement on October 10, Xu Yanjun was a deputy division director within MSS, China's primary intelligence agency.

The move is in line with a new law passed in August - the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernisation Act of 2018 (or FIRRMA) - in response to warnings from intelligence officials that advanced United States technology transferred to Chinese companies through acquisitions and other means may have undercut the American military's advantages over China.

Xu "targeted certain companies inside and outside the United States that are recognized as leaders in the aviation field" to include GE Aviation, which specializes in aircraft engines, according to the indictment.

The two have also feuded over U.S. support for Taiwan, Chinese weapons purchases from Russian Federation and China's territorial claims in the South China Sea - where the U.S. says a Chinese destroyer came aggressively close to a U.S. Navy ship late last month, forcing it to maneuver to prevent a collision. Demers said its assistance was crucial to the investigation. "We will not tolerate a nation that reaps what it does not sow".

Xu, who was using the alias Qu Hui, continued to court the employee and received additional information including proprietary data involving the company's fan blades, according to prosecutors.

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The company has provided engines for large Boeing and Airbus planes, and is also working on a new generation of engines for commercial planes and heavy-lift military helicopters.

According to court papers, he is a deputy division director for the Ministry of State Security, which is China's intelligence and security agency, in Jiangsu Province. It has broad powers to conduct espionage domestically and overseas, the statement said.

The Washington Post reported that he was lured to Belgium by USA federal law enforcement agents.

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

Xu was arrested after traveling to Belgium in April.

Xu is making his first appearance in federal court in Cincinnati Wednesday.

A spokesman for one of the targeted companies, General Electric Aviation, said "the impact to GE Aviation is minimal, thanks to early detection, our advanced digital systems and internal processes, and our partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation".

NBC News on Tuesday quoted USA officials as saying a professor at a top cancer research center in Houston facing child pornography charges was also under scrutiny for alleged economic espionage for China.

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