Watch as FBI Director Christopher Wray spills the beans on the threat from China and what their goals are:
Read the Three things that Every American Needs to Remember About China by FBI Director Christopher Wray:
WRAY: “I speak of the threat from China, I mean the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party.
To understand this threat and how we must act to respond to it, the American people should remember three things.
First, we need to be clear-eyed about the scope of the Chinese government’s ambition. China, the Chinese Communist Party believes it’s in a generational fight to surpass our country in economic and technological leadership.
That’s sobering enough, but it’s waging that fight not through legitimate innovation, not through fair and lawful competition, and not by giving their citizens the freedom of thought and speech and creativity that we treasure here in the United States.
Instead, China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary.
The second thing the American people need to understand is that China uses a diverse range of sophisticated techniques, everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders.
They’ve even engaged in outright physical theft, and they’ve pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors, including not just Chinese intelligence services, but state-owned enterprises, ostensibly private companies, certain kinds of graduate students and researchers, and a whole variety of other actors working on their behalf.
To achieve its goals and surpass America, China recognizes it needs to make leaps in cutting-edge technologies, but the sad fact is that instead of engaging in the hard slog of innovation, China often steals American intellectual property and then uses it to compete against the very American companies it victimized, in effect cheating twice over.
They’re targeting research on everything from military equipment to wind turbines, to rice and corn seeds.
Through its talent recruitment programs like the so-called Thousand Talents Program, the Chinese government tries to entice scientists to secretly bring our knowledge and innovation back to China even if that means stealing proprietary information or violating our export controls and conflict of interest rules.”