Air Force professor in Alabama admits concealing Chinese contacts

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a longtime professor at a U.S. Air Force school in Alabama has pleaded guilty to lying to an investigator about his contacts with a Chinese official.

The Justice Department says 69-year-old Xiaoming Zhang faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to making false statements to a federal agent.

Zhang is a naturalized citizen of Chinese descent who taught at Air War College on Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery.

Prosecutors says he concealed years of meetings and emails with a Chinese official because he knew the relationship was improper.

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