Su Bin pled guilty to conspiring with others to break into the networks of Boeing and other American defense contractors in a federal court in Los Angeles, California. The hacking took place between October 2008 and March 2014, according to prosecutors.
That is being lauded as patriotic in his home country.
“We are willing to show our gratitude and respect for his service to our country," said an editorial in the Chinese newspaper the Global Times.
The US and China have, for years, been accusing each other of cyberespionage. Su represents the first person successfully prosecuted by the US for stealing state secrets through hacking.
That has made him a hero at home, according to the local paper, according to China Cheat Sheets.
"On the secret battlefield without gunpowder, China needs special agents to gather secrets from the US,” the newspaper said.
The editorial also went on to question whether Su was even guilty of the charges, however, saying that the US has claimed to find "quite a few spies” of which most “proved to be innocent.”
"As the 'war of information' between China and the US continues there will probably be more Chinese framed as spies,” they argued.