A Chinese-born U.S.
resident has pleaded guilty to illegally selling high-tech
equipment to China that can be used in weapons systems.
In federal court in the U.S. state of Virginia Wednesday,
academic Gao Zhan pleaded guilty to the unlawful export of
high-tech items to China and tax evasion.
U.S. officials say over the course of four years, from 1998
through 2001, Ms. Gao sold $1.5 million worth of microprocessors
and other items to China. The microprocessors have commercial
uses, but they are on a list of items that require U.S. government
authorization to export.
Ms. Gao also pleaded guilty to not reporting most of the
income on her tax returns.
Prosecutors say they will ask for a reduced sentence because
she has been helping the U.S. government identify Chinese
officials who are seeking to import sensitive American goods.
In 2001, Chinese authorities arrested Ms. Gao in China and
convicted her of spying for arch-rival Taiwan. After five
months in jail, she was released under intense pressure from
the U.S. government, just days before Secretary of State
Colin Powell was due to visit Beijing.