Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The FBI has taken the rare step of alerting the U.S. public about the persistent threat posed by Chinese spies — and ordinary Chinese citizens — operating inside the country.
It also issued another alarming and unusual warning, saying Chinese society itself is a threat to the U.S. because prdinary Chinese citizens are more than willing to spy for their country. This, because Chinese society isn’t like America’s. In China, everything is controlled by the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC), including the military and intelligence services. This means that Chinese citizens can easily be coerced into spying for China’s intelligence agencies.
China has also gone to extreme lengths to control its citizens living abroad. Chinese citizens in the U.S. and Canada have reported threats being made to their families on the mainland when they speak up against the CPC. The flood of Chinese tourists and students entering the U.S. also increases the number of Chinese spies operating inside the country.
FBI Director Christopher Wray earlier this year told the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing that China is having success in getting unwitting American academics to do their spying for them. He pointed out that naive American academics have allowed “non-traditional collectors” of intelligence to infiltrate the country’s revered “very open research and development environment” in universities.
China has been “aggressive” about intelligence gathering from government and business officials “for years and years and years, and they are really good at it,” said Bonnie Glaser, director of the China Power Project. This organization is part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a bipartisan, non-profit policy research organization dedicated to providing strategic insights and policy solutions to help decision makers chart a course toward a better world.
The U.S. has accused China of coercing foreign firms into technology transfer. The private sector has horror stories to tell about Chinese spying and theft of secrets.
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