U.S. Indicts Silicon Valley Firm and Executives for Technology Transfer to China

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Friday, December 1, 2000
Bruce Zagaris
On October 11, 2000, a U.S. grand jury in San Jose, California indicted two executives and their companies in Silicon Valley for illegally transferring sensitive technology to Chinese companies. The case is significant because it constitutes the first time the U.S. Government has pressed criminal charges against a company for transferring illegal technology products to foreign nationals within the U.S. In the aftermath of the indictment, law enforcement authorities arrested Charlie Kuan, president and partial owner of Suntek Microwave Inc. of Newark, and Jason Liao, owner of Silicon Telecom Industries of Santa Clara. While Kuan is a naturalized U.S. citizen, government officials did not know whether Liao is a U.S. citizen. Suntek manufactures microwave technology has military applications in radar, missiles and radios...[more]