Last year, the FBI released a short film warning current and former U.S. officials not to be tricked into the Chinese regime’s espionage system.
This year, the FBI is releasing another documentary: Made in Beijing—a plan for global market domination. This documentary exposed the four most common methods of how the CCP steals trade secrets from American countries.
1. Sinovel VS AMSC
In 2011, China’s largest wind turbine company Sinovel stole trade secrets from the American Superconducting Corporation (AMSC).
In this case, Huarui Wind Power paid off an AMSC employee in Austria and stole the source code of a program used by an American company to adapt wind turbine technology to the transmission grid.
“ Rather than pay AMSC for more than $800 million in products and services it had agreed to purchase, Sinovel instead hatched a scheme to brazenly steal AMSC’s proprietary wind turbine technology, causing the loss of almost 700 jobs and more than $1 billion in shareholder equity at AMSC,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan.
2. Xiwen Huang vs. American Government Labs
Another famous case was Xiwen Huang, a Chinese-American chemist. Huang had worked for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), BASF—a German multinational chemical company and the largest chemical producer in the world, and CoaLogix from 2004 to 2014.
The prosecution alleges that Huang Xiwen stole various trade secrets and intellectual property information from these three organizations to benefit himself and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
This included 600 classified documents, with a research and development cost of $90 million.
The condition was that Huang was promised a large sum of money and research facilities by the Chinese Communist government (CCP).
3. Mo Hailong vs. agricultural industry
The third case is Mo Hailong, a Chinese citizen with permanent immigration status to the United States.
U.S. courts allege Mo Hailong and six others attempted to steal high-quality corn seeds from Pioneer and Monsanto’s test fields in Iowa in 2011 and then shipped them back to China for commercial purposes. The U.S. police caught them red-handed.
Later in January 2016, Mo Hailong pleaded guilty again to a longstanding conspiracy to steal genetically modified corn seeds. He was later sentenced to three years in prison for agricultural espionage.
4. Shi Shan vs. film industry
The fourth case in the documentary is a 2019 case. Six Chinese-Americans, including Shi Shan, are accused of conspiring to steal synthetic film technology from Trelleborg Offshore, a subsidiary of the United States of the Trelleborg Group of Sweden with headquarters in Houston.
These materials can be used in various military and civilian applications, including aerospace and underwater-laser submarines.
Ishizan’s company, CBMI, obtained its trade secrets by hunting for Trelleborg employees. Court documents show CBMI received $3.1 million from its Chinese parent company Taizhou Zhongfu New Materials Technology Co, to provide the company with stolen technology.
Dan Garrett, a former senior intelligence analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense, believes that considering the Chinese regime is spying and stealing from the United States, the “China Action Plan” is still necessary.
“China Action Plan” is an important project for the U.S. government to use law enforcement and judicial procedures to combat national threats, especially to combat the full range of espionage, vicious influence, and intelligence activities of the People’s Republic of China against the United States.