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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Song Guo Zheng, a rheumatology professor and researcher with strong ties to China, pleaded guilty to making false statements as part of an immunology research fraud scheme.
Ge Songtao pleaded guilty to conspiring to submit false export information and to fraudulently export to China maritime raiding craft and engines, and attempting to fraudulently export that equipment in violation of U.S. law.
A federal grand jury has returned an indictment alleging corporate entities conspired to steal technology from a Houston-area oil and gas manufacturer.
The Department of Justice announced that United Microelectronics Corporation, Inc., pleaded guilty to criminal trade secret theft and was sentenced to pay a $60 million fine.
Eight defendants were charged in connection with their roles in a campaign to harass, stalk, and coerce certain residents of the U.S. to return to the People’s Republic of China as part of a global, concerted, and extralegal repatriation effort known as Operation Fox Hunt.
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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