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Former Chicago graduate student found guilty of spying for China

  • Ji Chaoqun, 31, a Chinese national living in Chicago, was convicted of spying for the Chinese government after a two-week trial.
  • The former graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology worked under the direction of top intelligence officers in the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security, a provincial division of China’s Ministry of State Security.
  • Xu Yanjun, who was convicted in Ohio last year, tasked Ji with providing biographical information on possible recruits — such as Chinese scientists and engineers, including those with ties to U.S. defense contractors — to the Jiangsu division.
  • Ji managed to gather information on eight U.S. citizens who were all born in China or Taiwan.
  • Ji was found guilty of conspiracy to act as an agent of China, acting as an agent of China and making a false statement to the U.S. Army, which collectively carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years.

A Chinese national living in Chicago was convicted of spying for the Chinese government on Monday.

Ji Chaoqun, 31, a former graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, one count of acting as an agent of China and one count of making a material false statement to the U.S. Army. He was acquitted of two other wire fraud counts.

Korea’s ‘My Fellow Citizens!’ gets American remake titled ‘The Company You Keep’ starring Milo Ventimiglia

  • Milo Ventimiglia and Catherine Haena Kim are set to star in “The Company You Keep,” an American adaptation of the 2019 Korean spy drama “My Fellow Citizens!”
  • The original KBS drama starred Choi Si-won of the K-pop group Super Junior, along with Lee Yoo-young (Dr. Brain) and Kim Minjung (Mr. Sunshine).
  • Ventimiglia will take on the role of Charlie, a con-man who unknowingly endangers his line of work after a night of passion turns to romance with undercover CIA officer Emma (Kim).

The 2019 Korean spy drama “My Fellow Citizens!” is getting an American adaptation titled “The Company You Keep,” starring Milo Ventimiglia and Catherine Haena Kim.

ABC had originally ordered “The Company You Keep” to pilot before picking it up for a full season, reported Variety. It’s now slated to release midseason on ABC in 2023. 

Chinese man charged for plot to coerce ‘fugitive’ expats in US to return to China

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  • A Chinese national has been charged with conspiring to act as an illegal agent of the Chinese government in the U.S.
  • Sun Hoi Ying, 53, reportedly hired U.S. private investigators from February 2017 to February 2022 to coerce supposed fugitives of the Chinese government to return to China.
  • In one case, Sun hired a law enforcement officer to threaten a target for refusing to comply with the demands of the Chinese government.
  • In another, he hired private investigators to gather personal information on a Chinese dissident living in the U.S.
  • Sun, who remains at large in China, operated under Beijing’s "Operation Fox Hunt," a plan announced in 2014 that aims to repatriate supposed Chinese fugitives.

A Chinese national was charged in a New York federal court with attempting to coerce targeted Chinese individuals in the U.S. while acting as an illegal agent of the Chinese government.

Court documents describe how 53-year-old Sun Hoi Ying hired private investigators while he operated out of the U.S. from February 2017 to February 2022.

Figure skater Alysa Liu, father targeted by Chinese spies over Tiananmen Square involvement, says report

  • U.S. figure skater Alysa Liu and her Chinese dissident father, Arthur Liu, were purportedly targeted by a Chinese spying operation in the United States last October, the Department of Justice revealed.
  • The FBI informed Arthur Liu of the spying scheme in October 2021, just as Alysa was preparing for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
  • A man later identified as Matthew Ziburis, one of the five accused of spying in the U.S., contacted Arthur Liu while posing as an official with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to ask for his and his daughter’s passport numbers.
  • Ziburis allegedly threatened Arthur, saying he would delay or deny Alysa’s international travel after the father refused.
  • “I didn’t feel good about it. I felt something fishy was going on,” the father said. “From my dealings with the U.S. Figure Skating association, they would never call me on the phone to get copies of our passports. I really cut it short once I realized what he was asking for.”
  • Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian denied all the allegations on Thursday and called out the U.S. for "making an issue of this out of thin air.”

Olympic figure skater Alysa Liu and her Chinese dissident father Arthur Liu were reportedly targeted by a Chinese spying operation in the United States last year, the Department of Justice revealed on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Associated Press on Wednesday, Arthur Liu said the FBI contacted him about a spying scheme in October 2021. The news came to the family just as his daughter was preparing for her competition at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. He did not tell her about the issue, however, out of concern it would only distract her.

Alleged Chinese Spy Slept With Mayors, Helped Fundraisers During Obama Administration

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A suspected Chinese spy targeted politicians in California’s Bay Area and across the country between 2011 and 2015, a year-long investigation by Axios reveals.

To gain proximity to U.S. political power, Fang Fang, also known as Christine Fang, did not only attend campaign fundraisers and cultural events but also engaged in romantic or sexual relations with at least two Midwestern mayors, according to former and current officials who spoke with the outlet.

The FBI Thinks That Chinese Spies are Everywhere in American Colleges

Many Asian-American advocates expressed their outrage after FBI Director Chris Wray said that Chinese students in the United States may pose a national security threat for the country, suggesting they could be gathering intelligence.

At the recent Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual open hearing on the greatest threats to the country, Florida senator, Marco Rubio, asked the director about the the counterintelligence risk posed to U.S. national security from Chinese students, particularly those in advanced programs in science and mathematics.”

China is Teaching Kids to Spot and Report Spies With New Cartoon

Kids in China are now getting a head start in learning how to spot potential spies through educational cartoons. 

Last month, the state-run Chinese Society of Education launched an online course aimed at reinforcing children of their civic responsibility to safeguard the nation. The program, which is currently in its pilot scheme, covers China’s major cities including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou.

Alleged Chinese Spy Sentenced in First Ever Case of Sharing Nuclear Secrets With China

The fate of the 66-year-old engineer who was found to be working as a spy for the Chinese government will be decided on Wednesday as he faces sentencing in the first prosecution of such kind in the United States.

Szuhsiung “Allen” Ho has confessed earlier this year to accusations of purchasing American nuclear technology secrets. According to Knox News, Ho’s admission of guilt is in compliance of a plea bargain negotiated by attorneys Wade Davies and Peter Zeidenberg as he hopes to get a shorter sentencing.