Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray delivered a strong warning to the Hudson Institute on July 7 about China’s rise. He warned that China is the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality.”
He said the Chinese Communist Party (ccp) is directing a “campaign of theft and malign influence” in order to usurp the United States as the world’s sole superpower. The threat to America “almost defies calculation,” he warned.
According to Wray, his speech at the Hudson Institute has been the most comprehensive discussion of the threat from China in an open forum. U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo plan to reveal actions to address the Chinese threat in the coming weeks.
The scale of this threat is rapidly increasing. The fbi currently has about 5,000 open cases and approximately half of these relate to China, with a new China-related counterintelligence investigation opening about every 10 hours. The past decade has seen a 1,300 percent increase in economic espionage cases linked to China.
“If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data,” Wray said. He cited the 2017 example of China hacking Equifax and stealing the personal data of 150 million Americans—half the U.S. population in one attack. This makes the threat to each individual citizen very real. This is an issue that everyone in the world should be concerned about, since China practices similar interference in other countries.