Chinese National Convicted of Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets in Kansas

Recently, Newsweek has published an article titled, “A Chinese Scientist Stole American Rice and will Spend a Decade in Prison,” by Max Kunter.  The article explains how Mr. Zhang worked for a biotechnology company, Ventria, around Manhattan, Kansas (the location of Kansas State University) and genetically modified seeds from that company were found in the baggage of Chinese research visitors from a Chinese crop research institute on their way back to China.  Mr. Zhang is Chinese national and a legal permanent resident. He has been convicted of conspiring to steal trade secrets.  He will serve 10 years in prison.  Interestingly, the article notes: FBI Director Christopher Wray has also warned about China. Asked during a Senate intelligence committee hearing in February about the counterintelligence risk from Chinese students in the U.S., Wray said, “The use of nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting, whether it’s…

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