Chinese National Allowed To Join U.S. Army, Convicted Of Spying

Updated: Oct 3

CHICAGO, IL - On Monday, Ji Chaoqun, 31, was convicted in a federal courtroom of spying for the People’s Republic of China.


Chaquin also attempted to recruit other engineers and scientists in this country for defense contractors to spy on behalf of the Chinese Intelligence Ministry, according to court documents.


Amazingly, the Chinese national was allowed to join the United States Army, which is how he gained access to sensitive material.


In a statement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported:


In 2016, Chaquin enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves under the Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest program, which authorized the U.S. Armed Forces to recruit certain legal aliens whose skills are considered vital to the national interest. In his application to participate in the MAVNI program, Ji falsely stated that he had not had contact with a foreign government within the past seven years. In a subsequent interview with a U.S. Army officer, Ji again failed to disclose his relationship and contacts with a foreign intelligence officer.

Chaoqun was found guilty on one count of conspiracy to act as an agent of a foreign government, and one count of making a material false statement to the U.S. Army.


The conviction for acting as an unregistered Chinese agent is punishable by up to ten years in federal prison, while the conspiracy and false statement convictions are each punishable by up to five years.


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