U.S. Charges Six Chinese Citizens With Economic Espionage

WASHINGTON—The Justice Department accused six Chinese citizens, including three professors, of conspiring to steal sensitive wireless technology from U.S. companies.

The six individuals allegedly worked together to bring trade secrets relating to thin-film bulk acoustic resonator technology from U.S. companies Avago Technologies and Skyworks Solutions Inc. back to China’s Tianjin University, according to an indictment unsealed late Monday. They then set up a joint venture with the university to produce and sell equipment using the technology, according to the indictment, and won contracts to sell it to both businesses and the military.

“Sensitive technology developed by U.S. companies in Silicon Valley and throughout California continues to be vulnerable to coordinated and complex efforts sponsored by foreign governments to steal that technology,” San Francisco U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, whose office is prosecuting the case, said in a news release Tuesday.

One of the defendants, Tianjin University Prof. Hao Zhang, was arrested when he landed at Los Angeles International Airport Saturday after he traveled from China, according to the Justice Department. He is in custody and information wasn’t immediately available about whether he has an attorney.

  • ontario john

    Are they crazy getting the commie Chinese upset? They control Western finances politics.

  • mauser 98

    a donation to the Clinton Foundation should clear things up

    • Frau Katze


  • Dana Garcia

    Silicon Valley is loud in demanding cheap foreign labor, so this ChiCom spy incident is a little karma bite.

  • just a thought

    Little fish easier to catch and hold than the big ones that did most of the damage.


  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Thats China’s business to spy in the West and copy everything plus sell it back over here for 10 times cheaper than normal.

  • P_F

    We, in Canada, don’t need to worry about such incidents as we’ve already ‘willingly’ handed over all our business & national secrets to Chinese govt. Whatever secrets are left (if any) the Chinese-Canadian workers can send it back home to the Chinese govt. with impunity. Nothing to worry here for Chinese as Commie Mulcair & Comrade Trudeau will protect the Chinese interests in Canada.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Check the White House visitor log.