China on Monday labeled the charges against a Chinese citizen convicted in the United States of stealing trade secrets as “pure fabrication”.
The US Justice Department said Friday that Xu Yanjun had been convicted by a federal jury of conspiracy to steal trade secrets from several US aerospace companies.
“The allegation is pure fabrication,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters in Beijing. “We demand that the US handle the matter lawfully and fairly to protect the rights and interests of Chinese citizens.”
Xu was convicted of two counts of conspiracy and attempted economic espionage, in addition to one count of conspiracy to steal trade secrets and two counts of attempted trade secret theft.
Xu faces up to 60 years in prison and fines totaling more than $5 million, according to a press release. He will be convicted by a federal district judge.
Xu went back to 2013 and was accused of using multiple aliases to carry out economic espionage and steal trade secrets on behalf of China.
Multiple US aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, a division of General Electric Co., were targeted, the release said.
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