Chinese Professors Among 6 Charged with Economic Espionage

Kevin Johnson, USA Today, May 19, 2015

Two Chinese professors, who for years worked as engineers in the USA, are among six Chinese nationals accused by federal prosecutors of economic espionage sponsored by their home government in the alleged theft of radio frequency filter technology developed by two U.S. companies.

The professors, who attended the University of Southern California, allegedly obtained the trade secret information–designed in part to limit interference in mobile phone reception and other devices–as part of a “long-running effort” to benefit universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

Tianjin University professor Hao Zhang, 36, was arrested Saturday in Los Angeles shortly after stepping off a plane from China. Fellow professor Wei Pang, 35, and four other alleged co-conspirators are believed to be in China.

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The so-called FBAR technology is primarily used in mobile devices, filtering incoming and outgoing wireless signals. In addition to the consumer uses, FBAR technology has numerous applications for military and defense communications.

According to the indictment, the professors and other co-conspirators prepared a business plan in 2006 and 2007 and began soliciting Chinese universities and other interests, in an effort to begin manufacturing the technology in China.

In 2008, according to the indictment, Tianjin University officials traveled to San Jose to meet with Pang, Zhang and other co-conspirators, ultimately agreeing to support the professors in setting up a fabrication plant in China. The professors, meanwhile, continued to work with their respective U.S. companies while coordinating their activities with the Chinese university.

The following year, according to federal prosecutors, Pang and Zhang resigned from their U.S. companies and accepted professorships with Tianjin University where a joint venture, ROFS Microsystem, was formed to mass produce the filter technology.

Included in the 30-page indictment was a stream of emails allegedly containing the companies’ proprietary information that was shared among the suspects.

In one 2007 exchange, Pang jokingly proposed the name “Clifbaw” for their new Chinese venture. Asked to explain the meaning, Pang allegedly referenced the stolen material in his response: “China lift BAW technology—Clifbaw. haha.”

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  • dd121

    Why would a democrat care? Bill Clinton took payoff money from the Chinese and nobody blinked.

    • Michael Ryan

      maybe they didnt pay as agreed

    • Lexonaut

      Nobody understands that they were given the crown jewels — the design for the W88 thermonuclear warhead along with the supercomputer codes for evaluating warhead designs through simulation.

      • dd121

        The media didn’t exactly pursue that like Watergate, did they?

        • Lexonaut

          No. Nor did they comment when the old Los Alamos buildings burned to the ground, depriving the Wen Ho Lee investigators of some important evidence in the form of computer hard drives.

      • My ex-father did some work on nuclear shaped charges. He was a real badass as a physicist. Once in a very great while I miss him.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Clinton okayed the sale of Loral missile guidance systems to Communist China in exchange for a $6 Million contribution from Loral Chairman Bernard Shwatrz to Democrat National Committee. (Traitorous Hebrew meets traitorous pimp…)

  • Chip Carver

    Being able to learn and understand a subject doesn’t mean you have true insight or any creative ability when it comes to invention and innovation.

    • Lexonaut

      That’s true but only part of the story. Whites generally are best at invention and innovation just as you say, but northeast Asians make the best electrical engineers and electronics manufacturers in the world. The kind of partnership that Apple has with Chinese manufacturers is getting US consumers some terrific products.

      • John Smith

        The Germans and English sure don’t….

        • Lexonaut

          They don’t what?

          • John Smith

            Make good electrical products or EEs.

          • Lexonaut

            Agreed, but both were innovators in the field, yes?

          • John Smith

            Yes, and they still are, but leave it to Asians to make it work.

          • Tully

            They don’t make it work, they copy. Japan for example stole and copied Texas Instruments entire patented IP portfolio decades ago and used it to build up their electronic business.

            In the late 80’s and 90’s the Japanese firms practiced dumping electronic good and IC’s here at prices far below cost to destroy American production.

            The Chinese today are well know for ripping off American IP and calling their own. They don’t make it work, they just have the sort of labor conditions to produce goods dirt cheap and driving American firms out of business.

            Personally I’m just surprised at white Americans praising these crooks that have destroyed countless American businesses and sent many whites to the unemployment line.

            It’s just pathetic they can’t even praise their own people and companies that came up with everything they use today.

          • Positive ground wiring in old English cars is a headache, but German televisions used to be good. We had one in Oxford in 1977, a Blaupunkt.

            One of my friends re-engined his Triumph Spitfire with a Toyota four-cylinder has has had no more complaints about it. I want another Volvo P1800, and yes, I’m going to put another 400-block Chevy V-8 that one, too, as I still have an engine hoist. My old one ran like a scalded cat, and would get rubber in all four gears. The next one will get a hood scoop and big & little artillery wheels.

      • Tully

        Bulls**t

        The reason we use their factories is because they’re cheaper than anyone else. They have no labor or environment regs to worry about, can make their workers do 16 hour days, pay them a couple dollars a day, etc.

        That’s why Apple uses Foxconn, it allows them to maximize their profits. So what it Foxconn workers die or even commit suicide.

        And much of that stuff from China is junk, including Apple’s feminine hygiene appliances.

        • Lexonaut

          You may feel differently when your job in the USA is replaced by a Chinese industrial robot that was designed in China, built in China, and is affordable even in the USA.

  • Luca D.

    For all those extolling the virtues of the Asian race, once again, while they score high on academic exams they lack integrity, originality, creativeness, innovation and critical analysis. They constantly ignore patents, copyrights and intellectual property and think nothing of stealing others ideas.

    They still stick to their ancient hieroglyphics with 10,000 characters instead of adapting to a phonic alphabet.

    When it comes to intelligence they fill a very specialized niche.

    • Bossman

      That hieroglyphics plus their spoken languages which are full of different shades of meaning makes it extremely difficult for a Western person to lean their language. For them it is like a secret code which they use to communicate among themselves.

      • Japanese is actually better off spelled with the Roman alphabet. Since Mr. Taylor grew up there, he could probably explain far better than I. Koreans have their own written language: Hangul.

        • Lexonaut

          My son, who used to do a fair amount of business in Japan, whose first wife was Japanese, and who had learned to speak limited Japanese, was the one who explained to me what was meant by the complaint that “nobody knows how to count umbrellas anymore”.

          • John Smith

            Babylonians used a sexagesimal (base 60) numeral system.

          • I use base-16 most of the time.

          • Lexonaut

            Not only did they use base 60, as I realized early in my computer career they had invented what we would call today floating point arithmetic.

          • Realist

            “My son, who used to do a fair amount of business in Japan, whose first wife was Japanese, and who had learned to speak limited ”

            She is not Japanese anymore?

          • I don’t know, either. Ten fingers and two feet? The Western dread of the number 13 may result from that.

  • Fed Up

    This obscenity has been going on the last 60 years! Chinese and Israeli espionage operations against our country. Chinese are good imitators but short on original thinking (developing technology on their own), hence the espionage effort to steal every scrap of technology possible, especially in the defense industry. Israel, that pack of conscience-less thieves have also stolen everything they could from us. Including the technology for quieting of submarine propellers. Then selling the technology to our enemies! While their control over Congress and our media stifles and dissent or complaint!

  • Hilis Hatki

    Sure you can come in my house and live. Just dont eat my ice cream I keep hidden in the freezer.

  • Magician

    ” Chinese Professors….”

    ENGELMAAAANNN!!!

    But anyways, it is not like we do not have any corrupt people over here. Imagine how often white men and women are openly rejected for admissions to prestigious schools and job positions simply because of our race, and how relentlessly large corporations ship jobs to India or China.

    Last year, a blond woman in her mid-30s with a proper nursing license, told me she was actually clearly told that she will not get the position because she is white, at the end of her interview. It broke my heart, especially because she was a very warm person.

    • Sid Ishus

      Ah, White privilege.

    • George Moriarty

      Is Mr Engleman being conspicuous by his silence on this post?

    • I received the same sort of treatment in interviews until I simply gave up looking for work.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      I had a 4.0 GPA in junior college with Physics, Chemistry, and Math as my minor, but no University would accept me. They always had some excuse. They no longer take students on merit, they take them on whatever is written in their “personal letter” (or whatever it is called). I wrote one University a letter in crayon, and emphasized my multi-hyphanated culture (all made up), but they wanted the letter typed and attached to an email. I couldn’t figure how to get the crayon into the attachment, so I gave up.

      .

  • james AZ

    MADE IN CHINA , Now it will say…. STOLEN BY CHINA……

    • Magician

      Designed in USA
      Assembled in China
      Given permissions by greedy companies and shareholders

      • phillyguy

        exactly right, that’s why the CEOs of the greedy American companies should be held responsible and executed as traitors to their country

        • Luca D.

          Because of the big push to “globalize” in the 1980-s, NAFTA in the 90’s, labor union demands, various labor laws and the EPA, if American companies didn’t move some of their operations overseas they would not have been able to compete with their competitors who did.

          To be fair and honest, I think survival came before greed.

        • The Worlds Scapegoat

          You know who puts the CEO in charge?

          The same group of people who mismanage your 401K or IRA and devalue the dollar forcing you t work harder.

          the same group = the usual suspects = those who must never be mentioned.
          .

          • phillyguy

            It must be the Amish !

      • Those same companies don’t want to hire me. Their “cheap labor” seems to be working out just great.

  • TomIron361

    There aren’t many American students over there because their schools are garbage compared to our good schools.

  • Bossman

    A few Chinese sayings: Deceive the Heavens to cross the ocean. Hide in plain sight. Loot a burning house. Hide your ambition and build your capability. Make something from nothing. Deck the tree with false blossoms.

    • Hiding in plain sight is just common sense.

    • Reynardine

      A few Latino sayings: ARRRIBA!, Eyyy putaa!, puto culo, yo te apuñalo.

  • Rob

    I am surprised that Obama did not set them free.

  • Rob

    Chinese, Japanese, Israelis and others cannot be trusted.

    • phillyguy

      Like I always say , the Chinese in this country are a bigger threat to us than the blacks and the Browns combined.

      • Rob

        A perfect combination of all three is Emma Sulkowicz

    • JohnnyMangoes

      Not all people are bad.

      That’s like saying I don’t trust flying on an airplane with a white pilot because of Andreas Lubitz.

      • Lubitz gets some props; he’s the only German pilot to get 150 kills in the last 70 years.

        • JohnnyMangoes

          Lol you’re aware that other than a handful the majority he killed were white Germans?

      • Rob

        LOL you say that because you have Asian blood.

        • JohnnyMangoes

          How is that even an argument?

          I feel like WN’s really are grasping for straws. The entire premise of white nationalism is based on cherry picking and all of you know it – that’s why you can’t really form a cohesive argument even among yourselves.

          • Rob

            You Asians are just as bad. So stop grasping at straws.

    • John Smith

      I worked down the hall from a Japanese prof. who was convicted of theft of IP to sell to a firm in his home country.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      All three are Asians.

  • Denis

    Get used to it. This will be the rule rather than the exception.

    • Denis

      Maybe if we call them ‘racists’, They’ll stop.

  • Race Heretic

    Everytime I see an article on here like this I comment that I still have no idea why we allow full-blooded Chinese to work on or be near anything of any sensitivity.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      Rosenberg and Pollard weren’t Chinese and they did more damage to the US than any Chinese.

      • Cuddles

        Very very true It’s amazing how Jewish Americans are silent about Pollard being a spy. I think they truly believe that they are the same country.

        Let me make this very very clear Canada, Israel and America are not one country and any espionage against each IS treasonous!

  • Charles Martel

    The Asians are best at copying, the PHDs that stole seeds couldn’t even replicate Mendel’s work from 500 years ago. They could copy everything he wrote but not understand it.

  • JohnnyMangoes

    Good, lock them up forever.

  • Realist

    You can rest assured the US steals all it can from the Chinese.

  • Asouthernpartisan

    Even better. Shoot them as entertainment during a half time break at a soccer game Chinese style.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    All they had to do was ASK Obama: He’d do anything for a fellow communist…

  • Tully

    That’s the problem with Chinese, their loyalty is often only to the motherland. The FBI and CIA were well aware of this phenomenon decades ago.

    In fact the Chinese today have the largest espionage ring in the U.S. It far surpasses Israel, Russia and France.

  • Cuddles

    They must be locked up and if it was sensitive national security information, then they should be shot.

  • Canadian Friend

    We whites have become the most naive people on this planet, everyone is using us, yet blinded by pathological altruism and irrational fears of being accused of racism, we can not see we are being used and we are giving away everything, we are giving away our great civilization.

    It seems only a handful of us have their eyes open, but it seems we are growing in numbers so there might be hope…