Singaporean Jun Wei Yeo Admitted To Working For Chinese Intelligence In The US
Singapore citizen Jun Wei Yeo pleaded guilty to working as an unregistered foreign agent in the United States, the website of the American Ministry of Justice reported.
"Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dixon Yeo, today pleaded guilty to acting on US territory as an illegal agent of a foreign power without prior notice to the Attorney General," the report said.
According to the US Justice Department, Jun Wei Yeo began working with Chinese intelligence in 2015. At first, he collected information about other Asian countries, but then he was reoriented to work in the United States. In the United States, he collected military and political information and passed it on to China, as well as recruiting other people.
For his purposes, he used a consulting company that he created in 2018 and gave it almost the same name as another well-known us consulting firm that worked with us government agencies. He posted job offers for his company, and 90% of those who responded to these ads had previously worked for US government agencies and had access to classified information. He passed their data to his supervisors, and then recruited those who could find vulnerabilities: job dissatisfaction or financial difficulties.
The maximum sentence that can be imposed under this article is ten years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for October 9.
Relations between the US and China
Relations between the US and China have deteriorated significantly this year due to several disagreements.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced on July 24 the closure of the US Consulate General in Chengdu after the state authorities ordered the closure of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston. Before that, the US Department of Justice charged two Chinese citizens with theft of trade secrets and fraud, who tried to gain access to the computer networks of American companies working on a coronavirus vaccine.
Last week, US Attorney General William Barr said that Beijing is conducting an "economic blitzkrieg" to replace the US as a leading power and plant its ideology around the world.
In turn, Beijing announced measures against three us lawmakers and the US Ambassador for religious freedoms in response to Washington's imposition of sanctions against Chinese officials from the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.
However, Beijing said that China would adhere to the terms of the first phase of the trade agreement with the United States concluded in January, although it will respond to pressure from Washington.