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FBI Director: China’s Threat ‘More Brazen’ Than Ever Before

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FBI Director Christopher Wray spoke at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Monday night where he alerted “the threat to the West from the Chinese government is ‘more brazen’ and damaging than ever before” reports the Associated Press.

In an appearance on Fox News Monday, Sara Carter spoke about China’s distribution of the deadly drug fentanyl that is making its way into the United States through drug cartels at our southern border. Wray’s message was about China as one of our biggest threats to long-term economic security.

“When we tally up what we see in our investigations, over 2,000 of which are focused on the Chinese government trying to steal our information or technology, there’s just no country that presents a broader threat to our ideas, innovation, and economic security than China,” Wray said, according to a copy of the speech provided by the FBI to the AP.

Chinese government hackers are so prevalent and skilled, hey are obtaining more personal and corporate data than all other countries combined. The FBI has to open new cases to counter Chinese intelligence operations every 12 hours or so, Wray said.

“The harm from the Chinese government’s economic espionage isn’t just that its companies pull ahead based on illegally gotten technology. While they pull ahead, they push our companies and workers behind,” Wray said. “That harm — company failures, job losses — has been building for a decade to the crush we feel today. It’s harm felt across the country, by workers in a whole range of industries.”

The AP reports that Chinese government officials have repeatedly rejected accusations from the U.S. government, with the spokesman for the embassy in Washington saying Americans have “made groundless attacks” and malicious smears about Chinese cyberattacks.

Wray added, “I’ve spoken a lot about this threat since I became director” in 2017. “But I want to focus on it here tonight because it’s reached a new level — more brazen, more damaging, than ever before, and it’s vital — vital — that all of us focus on that threat together.”

The AP notes “the Justice Department in 2014 indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking into major American corporations. One year later, the U.S. and China announced a deal at the White House to not steal each other’s intellectual property or trade secrets for commercial gain.” Similar to Iran, China’s words mean absolutely nothing.

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  1. Elroy Jetson

    February 1, 2022 at 9:31 am

    /It’s very difficult to believe a word out of the FBI’s collective mouth. It has lost a good deal of credibility.

  2. STEPH RATHJEN

    February 3, 2022 at 11:29 am

    SO, DIRECTOR WRAY, YOU WANT TO FOCUS ON CHINA AND YOU WANT US ALL TO FOCUS ON CHINA, HUH? BUT WHAT ABOUT YOU FOCUSING ON SOME OF THE DOMESTIC ISSUES YOU ARE TRYING TO BURY….. I WILL NAME ONLY ONE.. PROJECT VERITAS AND JAMES O’KEEFE!

  3. Steven

    February 19, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    If you make a deal with China, they will hold you to the letter while they will evade for themselves.
    It’s passed the point of no return. I haven’t been able to find any household or apparel items not made in China for years and America’s biggest reta idlers such as Walmart, Target, Amazon, are all complicit, while importers, not manufacturers, make the most money.
    FBI isn’t going to arrest the wealthiest people in the world for selling Chinese made goods in the US.
    Probably the only question is how long until China pulls the strings in America’s biggest corporations and government, if they don’t already.

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Rejecting Détente Offer, China Throws Shade at Taiwan’s New President

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China’s propaganda machine has responded to Taiwan President Lai Ching-te’s inauguration address, which was conciliatory to the mainland, with belligerence. Rather than accepting Lai’s olive branch of détente based on mutual respect, China used Lai’s inauguration speech to slander the new president, claim that he does not have the mandate of his own people, and threaten to use force on the island.

China Slanders Taiwan’s New President

China reacted to Lai’s inauguration speech by slandering the new Taiwanese president. A Global Times article asserted that Lai “wants to deceive Taiwan residents,” and is “malicious.” Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that Lai has “an extremely arrogant attitude and more radical views,” and that Lai’s inauguration speech was “[f]ull of hostility and provocation and made up of lies and deception,” according to another Global Times article. Similarly, Zhu Fenglian, another spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, called Lai’s actions “vile,” according to a third Global Times article. A China Daily editorial labelled him a “diehard separatist, ” while another China Daily editorial called Lai’s quest for Taiwan’s independence an “evil pursuit.”

China Claims Lai Doesn’t Speak for the People of Taiwan

Despite Lai winning Taiwan’s democratic election, China portrayed Lai as going against the will of his people. Chen Binhua, a spokesperson for the China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, called Lai is  “a traitor to mainstream public opinion on the island and a disruptor of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” according to Global Times. Zhu Fenglian, another spokesperson for China’s State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, stated that “insightful individuals in Taiwan have expressed deep concern” about Lai, “reflecting the shared sentiments of the majority of Taiwan compatriots,” and that Lai’s colleagues in the DPP party are “in fact very insecure and fear that compatriots on both sides of the Straits will come closer together,” according to Global Times.

China Threatens to Use Force on Taiwan

China also responded to Lai’s inaugural speech by issuing threats and not-so-veiled threats to use force against Taiwan. One Global Times article stated that “Lai’s ‘Taiwan independence’ remarks are playing with fire, and those who play with fire will be bound to get themselves burned.” According to China Daily, the naval exercises conducted around Taiwan by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) from May 23-24 in response to Lai’s speech were “legitimate countermeasures” that send “a clear message that [the PLA] will prevent ‘Taiwan independence’ at all costs.” Another China Daily article stated that the Chinese Defense Minister Dong Jun “…left no one in any doubt that should it prove necessary Beijing will not hesitate to use force to quash any bid to divide the nation. Calling the separatists’ pursuit of ‘independence’ an act of self-destruction, he stated unequivocally that ‘Whoever dares to sever Taiwan from China will be crushed.’”

Another Global Times article maintained that “[t]he actions of the Lai authorities will definitely invite lessons and countermeasures from the mainland” and that “[i]f Lai tries to escalate tensions in the coming years, the mainland will respond and use all available tools to make the Taiwan authorities pay a heavy price.” A third Global Times article, quoting “analysts” stated that “the pursuit of ‘Taiwan independence’ is a futile endeavor that will lead to detrimental and calamitous consequences for Taiwan island.”

Rather than accepting Lai’s reasonable offer to resume cordial relations based on mutual respect, China has chosen to ratchet up its propaganda attacks against the island. As China continues to beat the drums of war, will Taiwan hold the line?

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