FBI, This Week: FBI Combats Chinese Economic Espionage as Part of New Initiative


November 2, 2018

The FBI is using its investigative resources in support of a new U.S. Department of Justice initiative created to combat Chinese economic espionage.


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Mollie Halpern: The FBI is using its investigative resources in support of a new U.S. Department of Justice initiative created to combat Chinese economic espionage.

The FBI is seeing a rapid increase in nation-state sponsored computer intrusions, and China poses the most severe intelligence collection threat.

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich says China’s goal is to replace the U.S. as the world’s leading superpower.

David Bowdich: They seek to gain any advantage on the global stage through whatever data they can pilfer. Nearly every one of our 56 FBI field offices throughout this nation has investigations into economic espionage that lead back to the country of China.

Halpern: The FBI and its law enforcement and prosecutorial partners take the China threat seriously and are asking the private sector to do the same.

Bowdich says the FBI must be in lockstep with America’s universities and research labs, the tech industry, companies, and others ...

Bowdich: It will take all of us working together to combat these threats, the threats we face from China, and to protect the security and the stability of our economy and our way of life for many generations to come.

Halpern: With FBI This Week, I’m Mollie Halpern of the Bureau.

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