US prosecutors on Tuesday charged a Chinese university linked to China’s army with conspiring to violate US export laws in order to obtain items from the United States that could be used in anti-submarine warfare.
An indictment filed in federal court in Boston charged China-based Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), along with Shuren Qin, a Chinese national living in Wellesley, Massachusetts, who was arrested last week.
The indictment also charged LinkOcean Technologies, a Chinese company headed by Qin, whose clients, according to prosecutors, include Chinese research institutes and the naval warfare branch of the People’s Liberation Army.
Lawyers for Qin did not respond to a request for comment. Neither the university nor LinkOcean responded to emails seeking comment.
Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he had noted the reports.
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