Story worth noting in today's NYT about how the Chinese government is recruiting spies within major U.S. industrial companies.
One example given is at Dow, where an Indiana-based Dow Chemical researcher "began sharing Dow's secrets with Chinese researchers, authorities say, then obtained grants from a state-run foundation in China with the goal of starting a rival business there."
According to the story, this type of espionage-oriented arrangement between Chinese government-run companies and Chinese-born United States citizens is far from unique. The authors note a number of similar examples:
Economic espionage charges are also pending against Jin Hanjuan, a software engineer for Motorola, who was arrested with a laptop full of company documents while boarding a plane for China, prosecutors said. Over the last year, other charges involving the theft of trade secrets a charge less serious than espionage have been filed against former engineers from General Motors and Ford who had business ties to China. And scientists at the DuPont Company and Valspar, a Minnesota paint company, recently pleaded guilty to stealing their employer's secrets after taking jobs in China.
The story also notes that "a retired Boeing engineer was convicted after a search of his home found documents on United States military and space programs, as well as letters from Chinese aviation officials seeking the data."
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