XU YANJUN: A Case Study in Chinese Economic Espionage Tradecraft
On 10 October 2018, the FBI announced the arrest of Xu Yanjun, a Chinese intelligent agent who had been targeting an employee of GE Aviation to acquire trade secrets on the company’s jet engines. The target employee had cooperated with the FBI during this operation, and when Xu arranged a meeting with the employee in Europe in April 2018, Xu was arrested. He was extradited from Belgium to the United States in October and charged with economic espionage.
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