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‘Insidious’ Chinese espionage reaches ‘epic scale,’ British security chief, FBI warn

The head of Britain’s MI-5 intelligence service this week underscored the “epic scale” of Chinese espionage in the private sector — including tens of thousands of approaches from Chinese agents for recruitment. 

“Week by week, our teams detect massive amounts of covert activity by the likes of China in particular, but also Russia and Iran,” MI-5 Director Ken McCallum said ahead of the Five Eyes Alliance conference in California — the first time the five chiefs of intelligence agencies in the U.K., the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Canada publicly appeared together. 

“Activity not aimed just at government or military secrets,” McCallum said, according to The Guardian. “Not even just aimed at our critical infrastructure but increasingly [at] promising startups — innovative companies spun out of our universities, academic research itself, and people that understandably may not think national security is about them.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray claimed that China has made “economic espionage and stealing others’ work and ideas a central component of its national strategy” and positioned that strategy as happening “at the expense of innovators in all five of our countries.” 

“As we proceed further, you would expect to see our police, the Crown Prosecution Service and the courts will more often draw relevance to state threats’ work in the way that is entirely routine on our counter-terrorism work,” he said.

Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news. 


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