A Chinese-American engineer is in hot soup in America.

The engineer faces charges of stealing valuable technology from General Electric.

According to the United States Justice Department, he was said to have snuck it out hidden in a picture of the sunset to take to China.

A federal judge on Thursday ordered that the 56-year-old, Xiaoqing Zheng be released Friday on $100,000 bond and placed under electronic monitoring while surrendering his passport, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York.

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Zheng, a US citizen also believed to have Chinese nationality, had been arrested Wednesday by the FBI, which also searched his home.

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The agency allegedly found, among other things, a handbook detailing "resources" Beijing would grant to individuals providing certain technologies, court documents say.

Zheng's arrest comes as President Donald Trump intensifies his trade war with Beijing, largely over complaints the country steals US technology or obliges American companies to share know-how in exchange for doing business in China.

Trump has already imposed punishing tariffs on tens of billions in Chinese imports and plans more to ratchet up the pressure on Beijing to correct the pervasive industrial espionage.

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