The China Threat
The counterintelligence and economic espionage efforts emanating from the government of China and the Chinese Communist Party are a grave threat to the economic well-being and democratic values of the United States.
Confronting this threat is the FBI’s top counterintelligence priority.
To be clear, the adversary is not the Chinese people or people of Chinese descent or heritage. The threat comes from the programs and policies pursued by an authoritarian government.
The Chinese government is employing tactics that seek to influence lawmakers and public opinion to achieve policies that are more favorable to China.
At the same time, the Chinese government is seeking to become the world’s greatest superpower through predatory lending and business practices, systematic theft of intellectual property, and brazen cyber intrusions.
China’s efforts target businesses, academic institutions, researchers, lawmakers, and the general public and will require a whole-of-society response. The government and the private sector must commit to working together to better understand and counter the threat.
China oversees hundreds of talent plans. All are designed to steal foreign technologies needed to advance China’s national, military, and economic goals. Learn more about Chinese talent plans, how they work, and risks to U.S. businesses, universities, and laboratories—as well as to talent plan participants.
China and other foreign governments are using professional networking social media sites to target people with U.S. government security clearances. Learn more about the threat through The Nevernight Connection—a film inspired by actual events—and think before you link.
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Li Chen, formerly of Dublin, Ohio, has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for conspiring to steal exosome-related trade secrets.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta delivered remarks at a press conference announcing the arrest of MIT Professor Gang Chen.
Gang Chen, a professor and researcher at MIT, was charged in connection with failing to disclose contracts, appointments, and awards from the People’s Republic of China to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Meyya Meyyappan, a senior NASA scientist, pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI, NASA Office of Inspector General, and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Xinjiang Jin has been charged for allegedly participating in a scheme to disrupt a series of videoconferencing meetings hosted by U.S.-based individuals to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in the PRC.
These resources for businesses, universities, and research institutions provide an overview of the risks partners face from China and how they can protect themselves from threats.
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