The Justice Department announced charges against 13 Chinese nationals

WASHINGTON — Federal authorities on Monday unsealed charges against a dozen people, including members of China’s security and intelligence agencies, for allegedly trying to influence the United States to benefit their own country.

Three cases were filed in New York and New Jersey, including:

  • Seven Chinese nationals — two of whom were arrested Thursday in New York — are accused of participating in a scheme to extort a Chinese national living in the United States. The charges include engaging in surveillance and campaigning to harass and coerce a US resident under a campaign called “Operation Fox Hunt”.
  • Two Chinese intelligence officials were charged Monday with trying to obstruct a criminal investigation in New York. The criminals are absconding. They were accused of trying to steal confidential information of a global telecommunications company.
  • Four Chinese nationals, including three state Department of Defense intelligence officials, were indicted Monday in New Jersey, accused of engaging in a long-running intelligence campaign targeting American individuals to act as agents for China.

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