“For more than 10 years, this corporation and these defendants conspired to procure U.S. military products and other controlled electronic components for use in mainland China – for military radar, military satellite communications, and military guidance systems. In doing so, these defendants violated U.S. export laws and compromised our national security,” said U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz in a statement about the convictions.
The exported equipment is also used in electronic warfare and some articles even have space applications. “These items could make a direct and significant contribution to weapons systems and war-fighting capabilities of U.S. adversaries,” noted a press release from the Department of Justice.
Both of the conspirators face up to 20 years in prison and deportation after serving their sentences. A co-defendant of the duo, Bo Li, pled guilty to related charges and faces five years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Two weeks ago in California, Chinese spy Chi Tong Kuok was also convicted by a federal jury for similar crimes. Among the technology he sought to provide for the communist regime was communications, encryption, and global positioning system (GPS) equipment used by the U.S. and NATO militaries, according to another press release from the Department of Justice.
"This conviction underscores the threat posed by illicit efforts to obtain sensitive U.S. technology and the need for continued vigilance against such schemes,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris in a statement. “The military encryption technology at the heart of this conspiracy is controlled for good reason and I applaud the agents, analysts and prosecutors who kept these goods from falling into the wrong hands."
These convictions are merely the newest additions to a growing list of communist China’s agents, and likely the tip of a massive iceberg. As reported by JBS.org-affiliate The New American magazine in a recent in-depth article entitled ‘Chinese Spying in the United States,’ the regime’s espionage is likely one of the greatest threats to U.S. national security, and dozens of its agents have been arrested in recent years.
“The Chinese are the biggest problem we have with respect to the level of effort that they’re devoting against us versus the level of attention we are giving to them,” said former U.S. counterintelligence chief Michelle Van Cleave in a CBS interview. The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and many other agencies, officials and analysts agree. Of course, even former President Bill Clinton helped Beijing acquire America’s nuclear secrets and many other sensitive secrets. But the regime is obviously not satisfied yet.
Government estimates of the scope of economic espionage against the U.S. range to a quarter of a trillion dollars per year — and most of that is going to the Chinese regime. China is also actively seeking information on its dissidents living abroad, as evidenced by convictions of Chinese agents around the globe. Estimates on the number of spies working for the PRC, while hard to verify, are reliably placed at about 2 million by author Roger Faligot, who has written dozens of books on espionage with a particular emphasis on China. And most of their efforts are directed at America.
“There’s absolutely no doubt that their long term goal is world domination and to put the United States — as much as they can — out of business, and to become the world’s superpower,” former Canadian Minister of Parliament David Kilgour, also a former Minister of State for the Asia-Pacific region, told The New American for the article on Chinese espionage. “They want to run the whole planet.”
But while the U.S. government claims to be hunting down the regime’s spies, public schools in America are going forward with a controversial new program known as “Confucius Classroom” where the communist dictatorship supplies curriculums, funding and materials for American students.
Lest anyone not catch the importance of these developments, a simple examination of the Chinese government’s barbarous policies should loudly ring the alarm bells. The regime routinely forces women to undergo abortions as part of its “one child policy.” It jails political and religious dissidents and tortures them, or worse, harvests their organs while they are still breathing.
The spying issue should be a top priority for the U.S. government, since it directly endangers American lives and harms U.S. businesses. And while recent convictions should be applauded, there is still gargantuan amounts of work to be done. “American counterespionage — the FBI — has been largely ineffective against the Chinese,” explained Charles Viar, Chair of the Center for Intelligence Studies and a former U.S. counterintelligence official. Hopefully that will change soon. American lives may very well depend on it.
Alex Newman is an American freelance writer and the president of Liberty Sentinel Media, Inc., a small media consulting firm. He is currently living in Sweden and has spent most of his life in Latin America, Europe and Africa. He has a degree in foreign languages and speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, Italian and a little Swedish and Afrikaans. In addition, he earned a degree in journalism from the University of Florida, with emphasis on economics and international relations.