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Chinese Engineer Said Jailed

October 13, 1999

BEIJING (AP) _ An engineer at a Chinese government-run aircraft maker has been imprisoned for posting information about one of China’s newest fighter planes on the Internet, a human rights group said Wednesday.

Police arrested Guo Jian of the Chengdu Aircraft Co. in July, the Hong Kong-based Information Center of Human Rights and Democratic Movement in China said.

The group said a court in Chengdu, capital of southwestern Sichuan province, recently convicted and sentenced Guo to eight months in prison for leaking state secrets.

The sentence was relatively light for a state secrets violation because Guo did not know the material he posted was classified, the group said.

In May, Guo posted technological information on an Internet military affairs forum about the J-10 _ a light, versatile fighter China has developed with Israeli help, the center said.

The J-10 has been in the works for a decade, but foreign military analysts believe it won’t be ready for another four or five years.

China’s secretive communist government often classifies as secret information widely available in other countries. It also rigorously polices the Internet, hoping to screen out information or opinions viewed as politically subversive.

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