Thursday, September 25, 2008, 9/25/2008 02:28:00 PM

Scientist Accused of Illegally Selling Rocket Technology to China

More from the Annals of Chinese Economic Espionage:

From the Associated Press and our sister state, the Commonwealth of Virginia, comes a story regarding Shu Quan-Sheng, a scientist who heads a high-tech company in Newport News, who has been indicted on charges of illegally selling rocket technology to China and offering bribes to Chinese officials. The indictment issued from the federal court in the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk.

Shu is 68 and the president of AMAC International Inc. He’s charged with two counts of violating the federal Arms Control Act and one count of bribery. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years on each arms count and five years for the bribery charge.

The government claims he sold technology to China for development of hydrogen-propelled rockets and also accuses Shu of bribing Chinese officials to award a $4 million hydrogen liquefier contract to a French company acting as an AMAC intermediary.

According to AP, federal authorities in recent years have prosecuted more than a dozen cases of either traditional spying or economic espionage related to China.

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