FBI Opens Chinese Communist Party Counterintelligence Case ‘Every 10 Hours’


The Department of Justice released a Year-In-Report on its China Initiative, revealing the Federal Bureau of Investigation “opens a new China-related counterintelligence case nearly every 10 hours.”

“In the last year, the Department has made incredible strides in countering the systemic efforts by the PRC to enhance its economic and military strength at America’s expense. While much work remains to be done, the Department is committed to holding to account those who would steal, or otherwise illicitly obtain, the U.S. intellectual capital that will propel the future,” Attorney General Barr noted.

The report divides the initiative’s efforts into seven areas of focus: prioritize investigations of economic espionage and trade secret theft, develop an enforcement strategy for non-traditional collectors, counter malicious cyber activity, counter foreign intelligence activities, foreign investment reviews and telecommunications security, and education and outreach.

According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, “The FBI opens a new China-related counterintelligence case nearly every 10 hours”:

“The Chinese Communist Party’s theft of sensitive information and technology isn’t a rumor or a baseless accusation.  It’s very real, and it’s part of a coordinated campaign by the Chinese government, which the China Initiative is helping to disrupt. The FBI opens a new China-related counterintelligence case nearly every 10 hours and we’ll continue our aggressive efforts to counter China’s criminal activity.”


Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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