(John Ransom, Headline USA) FBI Director Christopher Wray warned over the weekend that China was targeting the theft of US intellectual property and private data on a scale that was “unprecedented” in history.
“The biggest threat we face as a country from a counterintelligence perspective is from the People’s Republic of China and especially the Chinese Communist Party,“ Wray said during an interview on 60 Minutes, according to The Hill.
Wray told the CBS news magazine that the FBI was opening up one new counterintelligence investigation against China every 12 hours, with over 2,000 active investigations that involve all 56 of the agencies field offices, according to a CBS News transcript of the interview.
He warned that Chinese spying affects every sector of the US economy and society, including agriculture, aviation, technology and healthcare just to name a few.
That’s why the actions of the Biden administration in combating Chinese spying seem to be at odds with common sense.
Under pressure by Democrats, the Department of Justice recently canceled the Trump-era “China initiative” that sought to root out Chinese spies and Chinese theft in academia and corporations.
In 2018, the Trump administration announced the opening of the program, which targeted people who helped illegally transfer technology and other trade secrets from US institutions to China, said NPR.
Democrats, however, charged that the initiative unfairly stigmatized Chinese people—and Chinese Americans, specifically—by using racial profiling in order to select targets.
However, the complaints ignores the fact that China under the communists, specifically targets Chinese Americans and Chinese living abroad because they are especially vulnerable to attempts by China to pressure individuals to help China spy.
In addition to forced spying, the FBI charges that China uses “fox hunt” techniques to silence critics who live overseas by threatening relatives who live in China, according to Reuters.