Six Chinese citizens, academics face espionage charges

The US government has charged six Chinese nationals, including three professors, with economic espionage, saying they stole secrets from two companies that develop technology often used in military systems, reports Reuters.

One of the suspects, Hao Zhang (36) was arrested on 16 May in Los Angeles after he arrived on a flight from China, the US Justice Department said in a statement. The other five suspects are believed to be in China and were charged in absentia. The accusations were the third in recent years made by US authorities of economic espionage by China, suggesting that the US is increasingly focused on what it has termed a top national security concern.

Zhang and two other professors from Tianjin University were charged with stealing source code and other proprietary information from chipmakers Avago Technologies Ltd and Skyworks Solutions Inc, where two of them worked. Zhang, a former Skyworks employee, and others established a company, ROFS Microsystems, at Tianjin with secrets stolen from the US firms, prosecutors said.
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