The defendant pleads guilty to arresting an Apple employee for stealing trade secrets.
Xiaolang Zhang is a former Apple engineer who stole Apple’s self-driving car secret.
He downloaded the circuit board design plan, booked a plane ticket to China at the last minute, and tried to escape.
He planned to steal the circuit plan and join a new self-driving car company in China.
He was caught after going through security at the San Jose airport.
He has now pleaded guilty and will be sentenced in November.
Another engineer named Jizhong Chen was also arrested for stealing trade secrets.
There are also many Chinese companies who are trying to steal high-tech secrets and try to succeed by taking a shortcut to escape from China.