FBI Director Christopher Wray and United Kingdom MI5 Director General Ken McCallum warned business leaders of the threat from the Chinese government in an unprecedented joint address at the British Intelligence Service’s London headquarters on Wednesday. Top Domestic Security Service officials said the threat from Chinese spies is paramount in both countries and is only increasing.
Speaking to an audience of executives and business executives at Thames House, Ray talked about the “complex, enduring and pervasive threat” to China’s innovative businesses.
“We consistently see that it is the Chinese government that poses the greatest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our’ I mean our allies in Europe and elsewhere, as well as our two countries.”
“And I want to be clear that it is the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party that pose the threat that we are focused on combating. Not the Chinese people, and certainly not Chinese immigrants to our countries,” he said. Said that they themselves are often victims of “lawless aggression” by the Chinese government.
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While security officials understand the appeal of doing business in and with China, the FBI director said, the Chinese government “poses an even more serious threat to Western businesses that even many sophisticated businessmen don’t realize.” “
Elaborating on what the threat looks like, Ray stressed that the Chinese government is “ready to steal your technology — whatever it is that makes your industry tick — and use it to help your business.” does to reduce and dominate your market.”
“I know it all sounds alarming. But while the danger is enormous, that doesn’t mean the loss is inevitable.”
Adding to this, McCallum said that what is most threatened by Chinese Communist Party aggression is “the world-leading expertise, technology, research and business benefits that have been developed and held by the people in this room, and people like you.” other.” Covert piracy, technology transfer, and exploitation research uncovered by the MI5 chief were some of the ways China could have used to gain leverage.
“The Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Sadly, not to emulate them, but to use them to their advantage,” McCallum said.