China has had a long and robust corporate espionage program at work in the US for decades. Every few months we hear about cyber espionage and hacking emanating from China.
This story, about a Chinese spy caught stealing trade secrets and seeds details a growing area of espionage for China – farming. Not surprising when one learns of the challenges China faces in feeding a growing nation while available farm land is shrinking. Pollution is also destroying land, and worse water supplies.
Their answer, steal trade secrets from US corporations and their R & D to increase productivity of Chinese farming techniques.
Here’s a great resource for more reading on this growing body of espionage.