Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Illustration by Richard Neubecker In May of this year, an 84-year-old inmate in a North Carolina federal prison died from Covid-19. Dongfan Greg Chung’s death barely registered on the local news, but Chung held a unique status in U.S. judicial history: in 2009, he became the first person to ever be convicted of economic espionage. Born in Liaoning Province, Chung fled with his family to Taiwan when he was 10 years old during the Chinese Civil War. He moved to the U.S. in the 1960s, becoming a citizen and settling down in Orange County, California, with his wife and two sons. He worked as an aerospace engineer for Rockwell International, and the unit he worked for was bought by Boeing in 1996. His life appeared relatively simple until one day in 1985 when a letter from a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) arrived, inviting him to visit China. AVIC makes the People’s Liberation Army’s fighter jets, and the subsidiary wanted Chung to discuss a range of topics, including aircrafSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.