A Chinese professor accused of stealing trade secrets for Huawei Technologies Co. will plead guilty to a reduced charge and be allowed to return to China, lawyers told a US judge on Thursday.
Bo Mao, a computer science professor at Xiamen University in China and a visiting professor at the University of Texas, will admit to a single count of making a false statement. US prosecutors will dismiss more serious counts of conspiracy and trade-secrets theft, they said at a hearing Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.
The case, initiated last year, was part of a series of moves against Huawei by the Trump administration, which has portrayed the Chinese telecoms giant as a national security threat. Mao was initially held without bail in a federal lock-up.
The plea is a setback in the federal government’s battle against what it alleges is trade-secret theft by Chinese technology companies.