(NEWS.COM.AU) American prosecutors say Pangang Group aimed high. The Chinese state-owned company wanted a better process to make titanium dioxide, a white pigment used in paint, toothpaste and Oreo cookie filling. So it paid spies to steal it from industry giant DuPont.
Pangang Group was indicted last year on US charges of industrial spying and a retired DuPont scientist pleaded guilty to selling secrets.
Prosecutors say another defendant was encouraged by a Chinese leader to "make contributions" to the country - rare evidence of high-level official involvement. Then the case stalled while prosecutors tried to force Pangang to answer the charges in a US court.
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