Canada charges utilities employee over China spying

Canadian police say a public utility worker at Hydro-Quebec has been arrested for spying for China.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested Yuesheng Wang, 35, on Monday and charged him with espionage.

Mr Wang “obtained trade secrets to benefit the People’s Republic of China, to the detriment of Canada’s economic interests,” police said in a statement.

He will appear in court in Longueuil, Quebec, on Tuesday to face four criminal charges.

The resident of Candiac, a suburb south of Montreal, is accused of obtaining trade secrets, unauthorised use of a computer, breach of trust by a public officer and fraud for obtaining trade secrets.

The crimes allegedly occurred between February 2018 and October 2022.

A company statement said that Mr Wang worked on batteries for the utility’s Center of Excellence in Transportation Electrification and Energy Storage (CETEES), which develops technology for electric vehicles.

RCMP Inspector David Beaudoin said that Mr Wang used his…

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