Feds: Chinese spy tried to steal US aviation trade secrets

NEW YORK — An accused Chinese spy who allegedly attempted to steal trade secrets from American aviation and aerospace companies was charged Wednesday and extradited to the United States.

Yanjun Xu, an operative of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, is accused of recruiting experts who worked at aviation companies and paying them stipends to travel to China to obtain trade secrets, the Justice Department said.

From 2013 until he was arrested in April, Xu would recruit employees from major aerospace companies, including GE Aviation, and persuade them to travel to China under the guise that they would give a presentation at a university, prosecutors said.


Court papers document how Xu and other intelligence operatives planned to obtain ‘‘highly sensitive information’’ from the experts.

associated press