Beijing hinted at the desire to invade

The secret services of Great Britain and the United States of America (USA) revealed that Beijing hinted at the desire to invade Taiwan. These services also said that the country led by Xi Jinping poses a serious threat to security and the economy.

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FBI and MI5 chiefs have warned that China’s industrial espionage is a growing threat to Western groups, including through special-purpose procurement companies.

At a joint appearance in London, the heads of US and British intelligence agencies called on companies to be more vigilant about China.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Beijing was using “elaborate backstage games” to disguise its espionage and even took advantage of Spacs.

In his statements, “The Chinese government poses an even more serious threat to Western businesses than even many sophisticated businessmen realize,” Wray told business leaders at an event with his MI5 counterpart. Ken McCallum. “I want to encourage you to have a long-term vision when assessing the threat.”

Referring to the State Security Ministry and the People’s Liberation Army, Wray added: “When you do business with a Chinese company, know that you are also dealing with the Chinese government – namely MSS and PLA – also close. like silent partners ”.

The heads of the intelligence services organized the first public event between the two agencies, in an action that Wray said he stressed the need to address the growing challenge of espionage from Beijing.

In the context of the activities, McCallum said that MI5 has seen a sevenfold increase in China-related investigations since 2018, has doubled its capacity to deal with them in the last three years and is likely to double its capacity again in the next few years. ” several years”.

Wray said that the FBI’s US offices have opened an average investigation into Chinese espionage every 12 hours, writes The Financiak Times.

“We don’t call the wolf,” McCallum said. “China is the most changeable of all threats, in the sense that it penetrates so many aspects of our national life.”

China is using any means to steal Western technology

Wray said Beijing is using “all the tools” at its disposal to steal Western technology in an effort to eventually undermine non-Chinese businesses and dominate their markets – even stealing genetically modified seeds from land. agricultural products in the USA.

He added that the Ministry of State Security, which oversees Chinese espionage abroad, is focusing on Western companies that it wants to “stir up” to help obtain corporate secrets. Meanwhile, the risk assessment by Chinese counterparts has become more difficult as Beijing restricts access to the data needed to conduct a pre-verification.

Both chiefs pointed out that China has often hired people who had no direct links to its intelligence services to target Western companies – a group Wray called “co-opted”.

They said companies need to be more careful that their relations with Chinese companies could be linked to Beijing’s intelligence services, which McCallum described as “hidden manipulation”.

They urged companies to step up cooperation with the FBI and MI5, highlighting China’s ability to conduct large-scale espionage in a wide range of activities, and to have a long-term vision – as it courtesy politicians at the beginning of their careers.

Implications of China’s threat to Taiwan

Christopher Wray also said that the business community should think more about the implications of China’s threat to Taiwan following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, stressing that Western companies have been caught between sanctions against Moscow and economic disruption.

Thus, “There were many Western companies that still had their fingers in that door when it closed,” he said. “If China invades Taiwan, we could see the same thing again, on a much larger scale. As in Russia, Western investment built over the years could become hostage. “

For its part, the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.