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Chinese National Sentenced for Scheme to Export Military, - Space Technology to China

Posted: Oct 21st, 2019 - 12:09 pm

A Chinese national was sentenced to 40 months in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to export military and space technology to China, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on Oct. 18.

Li Tao, 39, sought to export “highly sensitive” military and space technology from the United States to China without a license, in violation of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the DOJ said in the press release.

The law prohibits unauthorized exports in the case of an “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.”

Li was arrested in September 2018, and pleaded guilty to the charge in April, court documents show. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release following the prison term.

Prosecutors said that between December 2016 and January 2018, Li, who resided in China, attempted to purchase radiation-hardened power amplifiers and supervisory circuits—electronic components primarily used for military and space applications—and export them to China.

Li worked with other unnamed individuals in China, according to the criminal complaint.

The electronic parts Li sought to procure are capable of withstanding high levels of radiation and extreme heat, making them valuable for a foreign country’s military and space programs.

The components require an export license before it is sent out of the United States, the department said, adding that the Department of Commerce has a policy of denying its export to China.

“At no time” during the conspiracy did Li or his collaborators obtain such authorization, according to court documents.

According to the complaint, Li used multiple aliases to contact individuals in the United States, including representatives of U.S.-based private companies, in an attempt to obtain the electronic parts. He approached three undercover agents who posed as vendors, court documents show.

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