Monthly Archives: April 2017

April 25, 2017

Chinese National Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison for Attempting to Illegally Export Carbon Fiber to China

by Gwen Green

Fuyi Sun, a Chinese national, pleaded guilty on April 21, 2017 to violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act in connection with a scheme to illegally export high-grade carbon fiber to China without an export license.

According to the complaint, Sun began trying to acquire the high-grade carbon fiber, including Toray type M60JB-3000-50B carbon fiber (“M60 Carbon Fiber”), for the Chinese military in 2011.  M60 Carbon Fiber is used primarily in aerospace and military applications, including in unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e., drones).  Sun admitted he tried to evade U.S. export control laws by using fraudulent documents and code words to conceal his efforts to purchase the high-grade carbon fiber for the Chinese military, according to prosecutors. Continue reading