During a recent appearance on NBC News, FBI Director Christopher Wray declared that his bureau opens two counterintelligence investigations related to China every single day.
Wray proclaimed that no nation on earth “presents a broader, more severe threat to our innovation, our ideas and our economic security than China does.”
The FBI Director also observed that was stunned by the lengths that Chinese spies often go to steal American technology, an observation that stunned him when he assumed the director position in 2017.
“[China] blew me away,” Wray declared, adding that he does not use phrases such as “blown away” with enormous ease.
Every 12 hours, the FBI opens a new counterintelligence investigation into China, according to Wray. Currently, well over 2,000 cases are currently in process.
On Monday, Wray also delivered a speech at the Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, where he proclaimed that China’s business dealings and economic ties with the United States have transformed the Chinese Communist Part (CCP) into a vastly greater threat than the former Soviet Union.
Though the Chinese government “has the global reach and presence of a great nation,” the nation generally “refuses to act the part,” Wray noted during his speech.
Instead, the Asian superpower prefers to use its skills “to steal and threaten,” as opposed to “cooperate and build.”
“Those threats are happening right here in America literally every day,” Wray remarked ominously.
China is also unparalleled in terms of technology theft committed via remote computer intrusions, and Wray warned against the devastating consequences of “the scale of their hacking program.”
“The amount of personal and corporate data that [Chinese] hackers have stolen is greater than every other country combined,” Wray remarked.
Iran, Russia and North Korea have also carried out significant cyberattacks against U.S. computer networks, but China poses the most significant threat of all.
In general, no other nation “presents a broader threat to [American] ideas, innovation, and economic security than China” Wray concluded.
Chinese spies have frequently targeted a host of high-profile American innovations, in particular smart phones, wind turbines, nuclear power plants, and coronavirus vaccines.
On top of its theft of American IT, the nation routinely engages in surveillance of Chinese dissidents within the United States, including students who make public remarks opposed to the CCP regime.
Consequently, Wray observes that the superpower is arguably the first nation to harness that level “of authoritarian ambition with cutting-edge technical capability,” resulting in “the surveillance nightmare of East Germany combined with the [technological innovation] of Silicon Valley.”