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Engineer found guilty of smuggling military-grade chips from the US to China

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How long before smuggling chips from China into the US is also a crime?

You need to be more specific. Generally speaking, whether an act is a crime or not depends on (at least):

- who is performing it

- where it is done

- when it was done

- who is doing the judging

In a hypothetical case of smuggling an controlled item to another country, one can easily be:

- a dangerous criminal (according to the country trying to control the item - on either end)

- a national hero (according to the country desperately needing the controlled item)

- nobody in particular (according to most everybody else)

All three labels can change at any time, including retroactively

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