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‘Digging Up Seeds’: FBI, MI5 Warn Against Rampant Chinese Espionage.

‘We’ve Even Caught Them Digging Up Genetically Modified Seeds,’ FBI's Wray Says.


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While the Biden Administration weighs lifting Chinese tariffs, a boon for our biggest enemy and a move former President Trump calls “a terrible mistake” and a great gift to China, the CCP is busy subverting the Western economy, looting her for all the IP and technology it can find.

Trump’s China Initiative used to target such acts but has since been tossed into mothballs under Biden.

Now we have the heads of U.S. and UK intelligence agencies warning business owners to be on the lookout for CCP agents or those otherwise affiliated with the CCP; “they’re set on using every tool at their disposal,” FBI Director Christopher Wray says.

Wray and MI5 Director General Ken McCallum recently spoke with business leaders in London.

“I’ll start with what this danger looks like,” Wray said. “The Chinese government 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.”

“By volume, most of what is at risk from Chinese Communist Party aggression is not, so to speak, my stuff,” McCallum told the business leaders. “It’s yours — and others like you.”

The CCP uses intelligence officers to target businesses by using “co-optees,” “people who aren’t technically Chinese government officials but assist in intelligence operations, spotting and assessing sources to recruit, providing cover and communications, and helping steal secrets in other ways,” Wray says.

“We’ve even caught people affiliated with Chinese companies out in the U.S. heartland, sneaking into fields to dig up proprietary, genetically modified seeds, which would have cost them nearly a decade and billions in research to develop themselves,” he adds.

Wray also warned against cyberwarfare, noting that CCP-backed hackers installed more than 10,000 backdoors on U.S. networks last year alone.

McCallum said the Chinese government and its “covert pressure across the globe” amount to “the most game-changing challenge we face.”

“This might feel abstract. But it’s real and it’s pressing,” he said. “We need to talk about it. We need to act.”

The Chinese Embassy, not surprisingly, denies the allegations.

“We will never encourage, support or condone cyber attacks,” Liu Pengyu, a spokesman for the Chinese embassy in Washington, said in a statement.

That line may work on “China” Joe Biden, but it’s not fooling the international intelligence community.