FBI says China posses the biggest threat to the US
FBI says China posses the biggest threat to the US. Head of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Wray has warned that acts of espionage and theft by China pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the future of the US. Speaking at the Hudson Institute think tank in Washington, Wray spoke of a multi-pronged disruption campaign the government in the world’s most populous country was running against its own nationals living abroad, coercing their return.
On Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hinted at the US banning Chinese mobile phone apps like the ByteDance-owned TikTok – a video sharing platform – which India banned first last month. India’s move came amid spiraling tensions with China along their common border and the worst military clash in 45 years in which 20 Indian army personnel were killed on 15 June.
Two US aircraft carriers are in the South China Sea amid deepening strains in ties between China and its smaller Southeast Asian neighbors from Vietnam to Malaysia and Indonesia with Beijing claiming almost all of the strategic waterway.
In an appeal seen as unusual, Wray asked Chinese-born people living in the US to contact the FBI if Chinese officials target them seeking their return.
The Chinese government has defended this program in the past, saying it is part of a legitimate anti-corruption effort, according to a BBC report.
The threat posed by China will be further addressed by the US attorney general and secretary of state in the coming weeks, Wray said.
“It’s the people of the US who are victims of what amounts to Chinese theft on a scale so massive that it represents one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history.