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MI5, FBI Chiefs Warn Over China In Rare Joint Address

In a rare joint statement at the London headquarters of the British intelligence service on Wednesday, the heads of MI5 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation cautioned about China’s push into economic espionage in the West.

MI5 Director General Ken McCallum and FBI Director Chris Wray said the threat from Chinese espionage is critical in both nations and only intensifies in their remarks to a group of government representatives and business executives in Thames House.

According to McCallum, MI5, the British domestic intelligence organization, has significantly increased the scope of its operations in China.

“Today we’re running seven times as many investigations as we were in 2018,” he said.

“We plan to grow as much again, while also maintaining significant effort against Russian and Iranian covert threats.”

Few of the people being targeted were aware that they were being watched, he claimed, because Chinese intelligence develops sources and gains access to information slowly and patiently.

“Hostile activity is happening on UK soil right now,” he said.

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“By volume, most of what is at risk from Chinese Communist Party aggression is not, so to speak, my stuff. It’s yours — the world-leading expertise, technology, research and commercial advantage developed and held by people in this room, and others like you,” he said.

China’s threat, according to Wray, poses a “complex, enduring, and pervasive danger” to the United States, the United Kingdom, and other allies.

China is “set on stealing your technology, whatever it is that makes your industry tick, and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market,” Wray said.

The two also cautioned against a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a secessionist province, saying that it would severely disrupt international trade and industry.

They asked companies to be vigilant and report any threats.

“The Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Not to emulate them, sadly, but to use them for its gain,” said McCallum.

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In a rare joint statement at the London headquarters of the British intelligence service on Wednesday, the heads of MI5 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation cautioned about China’s push into economic espionage in the West.

MI5 Director General Ken McCallum and FBI Director Chris Wray said the threat from Chinese espionage is critical in both nations and only intensifies in their remarks to a group of government representatives and business executives in Thames House.

According to McCallum, MI5, the British domestic intelligence organization, has significantly increased the scope of its operations in China.

“Today we’re running seven times as many investigations as we were in 2018,” he said.

“We plan to grow as much again, while also maintaining significant effort against Russian and Iranian covert threats.”

Few of the people being targeted were aware that they were being watched, he claimed, because Chinese intelligence develops sources and gains access to information slowly and patiently.

“Hostile activity is happening on UK soil right now,” he said.

READ MORE: State TV: Iran Detains Many Foreigners, Senior UK Diplomat For Spying

“By volume, most of what is at risk from Chinese Communist Party aggression is not, so to speak, my stuff. It’s yours — the world-leading expertise, technology, research and commercial advantage developed and held by people in this room, and others like you,” he said.

China’s threat, according to Wray, poses a “complex, enduring, and pervasive danger” to the United States, the United Kingdom, and other allies.

China is “set on stealing your technology, whatever it is that makes your industry tick, and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market,” Wray said.

The two also cautioned against a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which Beijing regards as a secessionist province, saying that it would severely disrupt international trade and industry.

They asked companies to be vigilant and report any threats.

“The Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Not to emulate them, sadly, but to use them for its gain,” said McCallum.

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