In an interview with Fox News’ anchor Bret Baier, FBI Director Chris Wray warned of the national security threat China poses to the United States and explained that “the FBI has over 2,000 active investigations” into China.
“There’s not a country that presents a broader, more comprehensive threat to America’s innovation to economic security and to our democratic ideas than China does. Just to give you some context for that. Just as we’re sitting here having this conversation – the FBI has over 2,000 active investigations that trace back to the government in China,” Wray said. “And that’s – a little more context on that – that’s about a 1300% increase in terms of economic espionage investigations with the Chinese nexus from about a decade ago.”
“This is not about the Chinese people or Chinese Americans. This is about the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party,” Wray continued. “And they are pursuing a campaign of intellectual property thief, economic espionage, cyber intrusions that target businesses – big and small – all across the country and our academic research institutions. And they do it not just through traditional government officials, which they certainly do, but also through what we sometimes call non-traditional collectors, which can be businessmen, high-level scientists, high-level academics – people like that. All of whom are in different ways incentivized to steal American innovation and confidential information to take back to China.”