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The FBI has arrested a Chinese government official as part of China's massive scheme to illegally obtain American technology by recruiting experts in high-tech fields.
Zhongsan Liu was arrested after a lengthy investigation into his role in directing a Chinese government front group in New Jersey called the China Association for International Exchange of Personnel (CAIEP), the Justice Department said in a statement.
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A criminal complaint in the case dated Sept. 13 also linked the visa fraud charges to a Chinese government-funded Confucius Institute at a U.S. university.
The more than 100 Confucius Institutes have become a major focus of several members of Congress who have sought to have the institutes shut down in response to their role in furthering pro-Beijing propaganda activities.
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From 2017 to this month Liu conspired to fraudulently procure U.S. visas for Chinese officials, according to a criminal complaint unsealed in a New York court.
Visas were obtained with the help of six universities in Massachusetts, Georgia, New Jersey, and elsewhere that were not identified by name.
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Liu, 57, resides in Fort Lee, New Jersey, and is charged with a single count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The front group is engaged in recruiting U.S. scientists, academics, engineers, and other experts to support China's large-scale program of developing high-technology in China. Liu has led the front group for 26 years.
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In the visa fraud, Liu arranged for J-1 research visas at U.S. universities ostensibly to support Chinese "research scholars" at those schools.
In reality, according to prosecutors, Liu made the arrangements "with the knowledge that, once in the United States, the CAIEP employees would not in fact principally conduct research on behalf of their sponsoring universities but rather would work full time for CAIEP."
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The criminal complaint quoted one Chinese official in an...
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