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Chinese follow Soviets into Silicon Valley spying

Further evidence of China's growing willingness to steal Western intellectual property emerged this week when two Silicon Valley engineers were charged with economic espionage.

The FBI alleged they conspired to steal microchip designs for military communications and laser technologies that they hoped to sell to the Chinese.

The case parallels other cases in the 1980s, when the FBI arrested Soviet spies who stole or bought high-end computer games for the high-speed chips they contained.

FBI director, Robert Mueller, told congress in July that China's espionage operations in the US were a "substantial concern", and that Beijing was stealing American secrets to fuel its military and economy.


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