U.S. Charges Chinese Woman with Espionage, Smuggling Underwater Drones

U.S. Charges Chinese Woman with Espionage, Smuggling Underwater Drones
May 02, 2016 By eChinacities.com

Editor's Note: Earlier this month, the PRC has already alerted its citizens that there are foreign spies among us, winning female government employees' hearts and convincing them to give up confidential information. However, there are also Chinese in America sending unauthorized intelligence back to their home country. The following translated article reports on recent acts of Chinese Espionage in the US.

A Chinese-American woman has been accused of illegally obtaining systems and technology used in underwater drones. Yu Amin, 53, was working to steal information on behalf of professors at Harbin Engineering University. The incident has been reported as the latest example of Chinese espionage against the United States.

Sending Drone Tech to China
Yu had moved to the United States in 1998 and lived in Orlando, Florida. She had previously worked as an underwater drone researcher at Harbin Engineering University. Yu is a Chinese national but was granted permeant residency in the U.S., and currently holds a part-time job at a university in Orlando. 

Yu reportedly purchased systems and components for underwater drones including cables, connectors, video and navigation equipment and underwater sonar devices from companies in the United States, Canada, and Europe. She then sent the equipment to her colleagues in China through UPS and the United States Postal Service. Yu did not mention that the parts were meant for Harbin Engineering University on her export forms.

An Increase in Espionage
Yu has not been the only Chinese national or Chinese-American citizen accused of espionage in recent years.

The FBI reported that espionage cases involving Chinese nationals increased 53% in the United States last year. The government suspects that espionage by Chinese scientists has become a regular occurrence in the United States.

Earlier this month, Chinese citizen Sun Fuyi was arrested in the United States on suspicion of exporting high-grade carbon fiber to China without a license. Sun was arrested on April 14, and accused of smuggling M60J carbon fiber to China for military purposes.

Accused and Innocent
Jiang Bo, a contract researcher at NASA’s Langley Research Center was arrested in March 2013 when he tried to return to China. Jiang was intercepted at the airport and searched by the FBI. Officials found undeclared computers, hard drives, and SIM cards on his person. He was arrested and accused of lying to a federal officer. It was later found that he did not steal any state secrets, but had pornographic images on his computer. Jiang reached a plea deal with the authorities and was released.

In October 2014, a Chinese-American hydrologist named Sherry Chen was accused of stealing confidential information about American dams and delivering it to a high-level official in China. However, no evidence was found and the prosecution dropped the charges against her in March 2015.

Last May, Temple University physics professor and world-renowned expert in superconductivity Xi Xiaoxing was accused of sharing sensitive information with his Chinese colleagues about his research. Xi was charged with sending the design of a pocket heater used in superconductor research to China. In September, all charges against Xi were dropped. Xi’s lawyer stated that the government did not understand the science behind his research and did not consult with any experts before arresting Xi.

Source: DW News

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Coming soon to a theater near you: Cold War: the sequel

May 23, 2016 16:34 Report Abuse



Have you ever heard of any Americans who got such a critical job in China and then doing some spying activities. Americans should not give citizenship to Chinese .

May 13, 2016 23:53 Report Abuse



LoL. Seems like U.S is trying to tarnish the image of China and Chinese nationals by constantly harassing them. In all cases all charges were dropped, yet the media hyped image was never cleared. Even this article is written in a way as if those poor guys had actually done something bad.

May 11, 2016 00:46 Report Abuse



Any American shipping certain products bought on Taobao back to America should be held on suspicion of industrial and military espionage.

May 02, 2016 11:49 Report Abuse



Espionage: "attempts to discover your enemy’s political, military, or industrial secrets using secret methods." I hardly think that buying stuff from companies and sending it via UPS qualifies as "espionage". Now, if she had broken into some secret government facility, downloaded non-commercial plans and such from their hard drives, and sneaked it via trained dolphin to China, then THAT would be espionage. A non-story focusing on people just sending stuff from the US to China in slightly sneaky ways, but spies they are not...

May 02, 2016 10:23 Report Abuse



I have to agree. Purchasing items from companies and sending them somewhere else is not stealing government secrets, unless those items are under government contracts perhaps. Likely she ddin't list they were going to Harbin University because the components are not allowed to be sent there for whatever reason.

May 02, 2016 19:48 Report Abuse



You're contradicting yourself. By sending it back to China they're trying to reverse engineer it and discover their Industrial secrets.

May 02, 2016 19:49 Report Abuse



You don't know what you're talking about. It is stealing proprietary engineering, to be produced and sold under a different name with no commission to the owner of the design. This is industrial espionage, simply by definition.

May 11, 2016 23:32 Report Abuse



As much as I love China, the latest rhetoric about not trusting people and posting such hateful posters in public places depicting expats as spies and criminal delinquents is an embarrassment for all. China is wasting a valuable opportunity to play upon it own uniqueness and special gifts to bring money in to its citizens by alienating the aliens and now the aliens are getting fed up and taking their business elsewhere. Before 10 years ago, people tolerated China and loved doing business with them, even with their faults, because it was profitable and we felt welcomed. Now, not so much. It will be interesting to see how this is played out now that the shoe is on the other foot.

May 02, 2016 10:05 Report Abuse



cold war 2

May 02, 2016 06:14 Report Abuse