News

MI5, FBI chiefs warn over China in rare joint address

July 7, 2022 05:44 PM


The heads of MI5 and the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Wednesday about China's commercial espionage thrust in the West, in a rare joint address at the British intelligence service's London headquarters.

Speaking to an audience of officials and business executives in Thames House, MI5 Director General Ken McCallum and FBI Director Chris Wray said the threat from Chinese spies is paramount in both countries and only continues to grow.

McCallum said MI5, the British domestic intelligence service, had sharply expanded its China-focused operations.

"Today we're running seven times as many investigations as we were in 2018," he said.

"We plan to grow as much again, while also maintaining significant effort against Russian and Iranian covert threats."

He said Chinese intelligence takes a slow and patient approach to developing sources and gaining access to information, and few of those targeted recognised themselves as such.

"Hostile activity is happening on UK soil right now," he said.

"By volume, most of what is at risk from Chinese Communist Party aggression is not, so to speak, my stuff. It's yours -- the world-leading expertise, technology, research and commercial advantage developed and held by people in this room, and others like you."

Wray said China's threat was a "complex, enduring and pervasive danger" to both the United States and Britain, as well as other allies.

China is "set on stealing your technology, whatever it is that makes your industry tick, and using it to undercut your business and dominate your market," he added.

The two also warned that a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, which Beijing views as its territory, would cause a massive disruption to global commerce and industry.

They urged businesses to stay alert and report possible threats.

"The Chinese Communist Party is interested in our democratic, media and legal systems. Not to emulate them, sadly, but to use them for its gain," said McCallum.

Beijing rejected the accusations, describing them as "completely groundless".

"The so-called cases they listed are pure shadow chasing," the spokesperson of the Chinese embassy in Britain said in a statement posted on the mission's website.

"They spread all kinds of lies about China in order to smear China's political system, stoke anti-China and exclusion sentiment, and divert public attention in order to cover up their own infamous deeds."



Most Read

  1. Stormy rain warning: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow Stormy rain warning: Holiday in Sindh schools tomorrow
  2. PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount PML-N candidate declared winner in NA-154 Lodhran vote recount
  3. Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case Taxila police book ASI torture victim woman in theft case
  4. Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse Fire breaks out at Peshawar scrap warehouse
  5. Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore Fire breaks out in PACE shopping mall in Lahore
  6. COAS Gen Asim lauds ASP Shehrbano’s selfless devotion to duty COAS Gen Asim lauds ASP Shehrbano’s selfless devotion to duty

Opinion

  1. Literate the Religious Illiterate
    Literate the Religious Illiterate

    By Dr Asif Channer

  2. THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923
    THE SECRET WAR: Public Interest Vs Official Secrets Act 1923

    By Syed Aun Mohammed Bokhari

  3. Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment
    Political Opportunism and the 18th Constitutional Amendment

    By Muhammad Asad Ayaz

  4. To Know and Not to Know
    To Know and Not to Know

    By Abdullah Bin Tahir

  5. Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society
    Gender equality: A pre-requisite for a balanced society

    By Mehak Sabir