Background

The Department of Justice reports that two Chinese nationals have been sentenced to 18 months and 24 months, respectively, in prison for scheming to illegally export defense articles with military application to China. The two, who will both be deported after serving their sentences, were charged with conspiring to violate the Arms Export Control Act and the International Traffic in Arms Regulations by exporting without the required State Department license or written approval sensors primarily manufactured for sale to the U.S. Department of Defense for use in high-level applications such as line-of-sight stabilization and precision motion control systems. The two men both admitted that they knew the sensors could not be exported without a license and that the U.S. did not issue licenses to export the sensors to China. 

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