Chinese nationals, tech company convicted for violating military embargo

Two Chinese nationals and a Chinese technology company were found guilty by a Massachusetts jury on Monday of illegally conspiring to export military electronic systems to several Chinese military entities.

Zhen Zhou Wu, Yufeng Wei and Chitron Electronics Incorporated were convicted of violating a U.S. arms embargo against China from 2004 to 2006 by sending electronic equipment commonly used for military radar, electronic warfare, military guidance systems and military satellite communications systems.

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The prohibited items could “make a direct and significant contribution to weapons systems and war-fighting capabilities of U.S. adversaries,” according to the Justice Department.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security David Kris lauded the guilty verdict on Monday, following a five-week trial, saying that it will serve as a deterrent for future criminals.

“Today’s convictions demonstrate the importance of safeguarding America’s sensitive technology against illicit foreign procurement efforts,” Kris said in a statement.

“They also serve as a warning to those who seek to covertly obtain technological materials from the U.S. in order to advance military systems of their own.”

Zhen and Yufeng each face up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. After serving their sentence, both will face deportation to China.