September 26, 2008

U.S. Scientist Charged With Chinese Deals

The head of a Virginia company has been charged with giving China launch information to help its space program.

Quan-Sheng Shu, 68 -- president, secretary and treasurer of AMAC International, a research and development company in Newport News -- was arrested Wednesday, the Newport News Daily Press reported. He was charged with violating the Arms Export Control Act.

The U.S. Justice Department said Shu, an immigrant from China and naturalized U.S. citizen, provided information that assisted in the construction of the Chinese launch facility on Hainan Island. He also helped Chinese officials visit European launch sites.

Justice Department officials allege that Shu also helped arrange a contract between the Chinese space agency and a French company for a hydrogen liquefier. The Justice Department said AMAC and the French company planned at least four more projects for ground support for the Chinese space program.