A Singaporean man has pleaded guilty to acting as a spy for Chinese intelligence in the U.S, according to a statement posted Friday on the US Department of Justice website.
Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, admitted that he provided valuable information to Chinese intelligence and knowingly recruited others in the US to do the same, a Federal Bureau of Investigation officer said in the statemet. Sentencing is set for October 9th, with a maximum penalty of 10 years.
“Today’s guilty plea underscores the ways that the Chinese government continues to target Americans with access to sensitive government information, including using the Internet and non-Chinese nationals to target Americans who never leave the United States, ” said Michael Sherwin, acting US attorney for the District of Columbia.
Conflict between the two superpowers has escalated recently as the Trump administration earlier this week ordered China to close its Houston consulate – saying it served as a hub for spying and influence operations – and China responded by ordering the closing of a US consulate in Chengdu.