March 8, 2009: Two Chinese women are being prosecuted for stealing American technology for China. A Maryland resident, Yaming Nina Qi Hanson, was caught exporting miniaturized autopilots for UAVs. An Illinois resident, Hanjuan Jin, was caught trying to get electronics design data (from her former employer, Motorola) to China. In both cases, the women were motivated by cash, and appeals to "help the motherland." Both these cases are part of a Chinese plan for using industrial espionage to turn their country into the mightiest industrial and military power on the planet.
For over two decades, China has been attempting to do what the Soviet Union never accomplished; steal Western technology, then use it to move ahead of the West.