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Japan to establish intel unit to counter economic espionage

Ruling party guards against Chinese spies in industry and academia

Technicians build LEAP engines for jetliners at a highly automated General Electric factory in Lafayette, Indiana. A Chinese spy was caught trying to steal secrets on blade development from the group.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- GE Aviation, one of the world's leading providers of aviation equipment, has spent decades developing jet engine blades that have the right durability and weight to enable lower operating costs.

Those trade secrets, polished over several generations of blade models, give GE Aviation, the Evendale, Ohio-based unit of General Electric, a significant competitive advantage over rivals in the industry.

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