Former Army Reservist Receives Conviction for Acting As an Illegal Agent on Behalf of China

A federal jury convicted a Chinese national of conspiracy and perjury following their discovery that he worked as an agent for the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Chinese citizen, Ji Chaoqun, carried out these acts while he was enlisted in the United States Army reserves, per an announcement by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 28, 2022.

According to the Daily Caller, the jury convicted Ji with one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government without first informing the Attorney General, and one count of making a material false statement to the US Army, per the DOJ’s news release.

Ji is likely to face up to 10 years in prison for acting as an unregistered agent for the PRC. He could be facing an additional five years for each conspiracy and perjury charge. According to the DOJ’s release, the jury acquitted Chauqun of two counts of wire fraud.

Per the DOJ report, Chaoqun was reported to have been tasked with supplying the Jiangsu Province Ministry of State Security (JSSD), a provincial department of the Ministry of State Security, with biographical data for potential recruits for the organization. Potential recruitment targets included Chinese nationals working as engineers, independent contractors, and scientists. 

Per a Fox News report, Chaoqun allegedly worked for Xu Yanjun. The DOJ previously convicted Yanjun back in October 2021 for espionage after he reportedly attempted to embezzle trade secrets from several premier aviation and aerospace companies.

Chaoqun originally joined the Army reserves in 2016 via the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program. This program is designed to hire legal aliens who have skills that could be used for completing military tasks. He lied to the Army about not being in touch with the PRC in over 7 years.  

One of the least talked about aspects about mass migration is the geopolitical implications of such movement of people. China is notorious for weaponizing its nationals to carve out spheres of influence in the US and facilitate the mass theft of trade and military secrets. 

It’s high time that the US enact a Chinese Exclusion Act 2.0 and follow it up with a full-blown immigration moratorium. Along with pursuing an economically nationalist path, restricting migration from China is the best way to ensure that it does not leech off the US. Ultimately, there’s no need to go to war with China when rational nationalist policies will do the trick as far as containing it goes.

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