Date
22 September 2017
China's People's Liberation Army is embroiled in a federal indictment for alleged theft of US industrial secrets.  Photo: Bloomberg
China's People's Liberation Army is embroiled in a federal indictment for alleged theft of US industrial secrets. Photo: Bloomberg

China in the dock on espionage charges

Put an entire country in the dock. Makes sense?

Regardless, that’s what the United States government is about to do after it indicted China for alleged theft of trade secrets and intellectual property, according to Apple Daily.

It’s the first time the US has charged a state in a criminal espionage case.

The indictment charges five alleged military hackers, officers in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, with directing a conspiracy to steal information from six American companies in critical industries including nuclear power, solar power and metals, US media reports said.

They are Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu and Gu Chunhui. The cyber hacking has cost the US up to US$120 billion in losses of various assets, Apple Daily said.

Federal investigators have zeroed in on a single building in Shanghai’s Pudong district as the nerve center of the alleged crime.

Previously, the US accused Chinese hackers of stealing documents on its weapons system that could help China speed up its own military development, reports said.

China has denied the charges.

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