Top Chinese official may get death for leaking state secrets to foreign spies

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Beijing: A top official of China’s state-run shipbuilding firm may face death sentence for allegedly passing secrets to foreign intelligence agents about the country’s first homegrown aircraft carrier, a media report said on Tuesday.

Sun Bo, former general manager of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), who is under detention for corruption, is also being investigated for passing on confidential information about Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

It is unclear what level of confidential information about the Liaoning, Sun, 57, may have given to foreign intelligence agents, but the sources said he “could even face the death penalty” or “at least a suspended death sentence”, the report said.

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