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SPY: Chinese National Pleads Guilty to Stealing Trade Secrets From US Petroleum Company

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On Tuesday, November 12, 2019,  the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a Chinese national pled guilty to stealing trade secrets from a U.S. company.

Hongjin Tan, a 35-year-old legal permanent resident in America and a Chinese national, pled guilty to multiple charges, which included the theft and an “unauthorized transition of trade secrets” from a U.S. petroleum company he worked for.

“Tan’s guilty plea continues to fill in the picture of China’s theft of American intellectual property,” Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers said in a Department of Justice statement released on Tuesday.

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“The Department launched its China Initiative to battle precisely the type of behavior reflected in today’s plea —illegal behavior that costs Americans their jobs — and we will continue to do so,” Demers continued.

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“China’s economic aggression poses a threat to America’s emerging high-technology industries. Industrial spies like Hongjin Tan engage in espionage to steal American trade secrets and intellectual property born out of the innovation that is innate in our free market system,” Trent Shores, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, declared.

“Thanks to a vigilant company and the investigative efforts of the FBI, Hongjin Tan was caught red handed and prosecuted. American ingenuity and know-how are the envy of the international market, and the U.S. Attorneys community will work to protect our economic infrastructure,” Shores added.

The Department of Justice revealed that Tan pled guilty to “theft of a trade secret, unauthorized transmission of a trade secret, and unauthorized possession of a trade secret.“

Tan allegedly stole information worth upwards of $1 billion, the Department of Justice claimed. The information dealt with the “research and development downstream energy market product.”

At first glance, U.S. investigators treated the investigation as an issue of counterintelligence. The Department of Justice’s release claimed that Tan used a “thumb drive to copy hundreds of files” after resigning from his place of employment. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation discovered that Tan then proceeded to transfer those files to a personal hard drive.

Tan’s case comes in light of the U.S. government putting the spotlight on China’s increased theft of U.S. intellectual property. The Trump administration’s Section 301 of China’s trade practices released in March 2018 emphasized China’s repeated use of intellectual property theft through cyber espionage.

The 2018 report detailed multiple cases of the Chinese government sponsoring corporate espionage. In the past few months, the U.S. Department of Justice has put a priority on counterintelligence investigations that involve Chinese nationals.

Tan is expected to be sentenced on February 12, 2020.

What will generally be ignored in policy discussions regarding China is the issue of immigration. In addition to mass migration’s negative impact on public safety and economic cohesion, there are legitimate national security concerns.

Immigration acts as a form of 4th generation warfare, where adversarial nations like China will exploit holes in America’s loose immigration system to use de facto spies masquerading as lawful residents to steal corporate secrets and other forms of technology that will later be used to empower the Chinese Communist Party.

Now, more than ever, the U.S. needs immigration reforms that prioritizes its economic interests, national defense goals, and national cohesion before the interests of rootless corporations, public administrators, and ethnic grievance lobbies.

 

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Research Shows that U.S. Hispanics Reject the Ridiculous Label of “Latinx”

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Pew Research Center’s Hispanic trends found that Hispanics are categorically rejecting the label of “Latinx.”

The question of pan-ethnic labels to describe people with origins from Latin America and Spain has been a subject of discussion for decades. Over the decades there has been a consensus to label such people as Hispanic and Latino.

However, the political correctness crowd made sure to politicize these labels by introducing the new term Latinx, which is allegedly gender neutral and pan-ethnic. In the Spanish language, nouns, pronouns, and adjectives have feminine and masculine forms. This is way too much for politically correct activists in the West who want to export their politically correct ethos abroad.

That said, only a few Hispanics have embraced this politically correct flavor of the week. Of the U.S. adults who identify as Hispanic, only 23 percent of them have heard of the term Latinx.  A measly 3 percent indicated that they use the term to describe themselves, according to a bilingual survey of U.S. Hispanic adults carried out in December 2019 by the Pew Research Center.

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Although only a quarter of U.S. Hispanics claim to have heard about the term Latinx, there is a clear generational gap between its usage among different subgroups. Young Hispanics, between the ages of 18 to 29, are the most likely to have heard of the term, with 42 percent of them being acquainted with the term, whereas 7 percent of those 65 or older have heard of the term.

College-educated Hispanics are more likely to have heard the term Latinx than individuals without a college education. Approximately 38 percent of college graduates have heard of Latinx, in addition to 31 percent of those with college experience. By contrast, only 14 percent of those with a high school diploma or less are acquainted with the label.

Additionally, U.S. born Hispanics are more likely than the foreign born to have heard the term (32 percent to 16 percent). Hispanics who mainly speak English or are bilingual are more likely than individuals who mainly speak Spanish to have heard of the term (29 percent for the former vs. 7 percent for the latter.)

Awareness of the term does not translate into overall usage. Of Hispanic women ages 18 to 29, only 14 percent of them use the term. On the other hand, 1 percent of Hispanic men of that age group use the term.

It’s good to hear that Hispanics are rejecting this politically concocted term. The gender wars that the Left is waging are meant to create disruption. The last thing we need in the U.S. is more divisiveness and social instability brought about by the PC mad scientists.

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