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FBI Wray alarm about China warns of “serious espionage threat”

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FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Congress on Tuesday that China poses “a serious counterintelligence threat” to the United States than any other country.

Wray, who testified before the Senate judiciary Committee, discussed the threat, as the question of whether the office was prepared for the control of potential interference by foreign powers.

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“I would say there is no country that presents a more serious counterintelligence threat to his country than China,” Wray. “That says a lot, and I say’ s is not easy.”

Wray added that Russia “probably” next in line.

“China is fighting a generational battle here,” Wray explains. “And when I say China, I want to make it clear, this is not about the Chinese people as a whole, or the Chinese Americans in this country. What, however, is a variety of ways, the Chinese Communist party with representatives of government, private sector, individuals … to steal your way of the economic ladder at our expense.”

Wray said that the FBI has “probably more than 1,000, plus the examinations in all the Land with the attempted theft of U.S. intellectual property, whether economic espionage or against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, almost all leading back to China.”

“The threat is deep and diverse, and broad-and annoying—no matter whether in terms of actors, procedures, and objectives,” Wray said, explaining that the FBI has to fight with government representatives, as well as “non-collector”, including scientists, students, and companies seek to steal American innovation. “We are working very hard with all our partners to combat it.”

Wray called defense against the Chinese influence is a “high priority” for the Bureau and the administration as a whole, but claimed that the Russians are “to try absolutely no intention to interfere with our elections.”

“Our main focus is malignant foreign influence,” he said, noting that he feels the office, the well prepared in their efforts.

“We feel that we have significant funds in violation of foreign influence,” said Wray, and said to the president ‘ s budget, and added that further congressional funding be supplemented.

Wray has been warning of the threat posed by China in months. In April, during a panel with the Council on Foreign Relations, Wray, warned the special features of China, his alleged “stealing innovation”, you skills have developed affected by the companies, universities and organizations. Wray said the FBI meeting with the company, as a “threat awareness briefings.”

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“You do it by the Chinese intelligence services, by the state-owned enterprises, by supposedly private companies, PhD students and researchers from a variety of stakeholders, all of whom work on behalf of China,” Wray in April. “The type of activity that I speak of goes far beyond, fair competition on the market. It is illegal, it is a threat to the economic security, and by extension, it is a threat to our national security.”

The intense concentration on the cyber-and the choice of security to the intelligence community and the former Special Counsel Robert Mueller revealed evidence of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

Three of ten Russians and three Russian companies were accused in Müller’s sample, is accused of an elaborate plot of the wage “information warfare” against the United States

Last year, the trump administration’s sanctions against the Kremlin to counter Russia’s destabilizing activities, including its interference in the election of 2016, and its destructive cyber-attacks to.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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