London, United Kingdom (TDN)
The United States FBI Director Christopher Wray and the United Kingdom’s MI5 Director General Ken McCallum have both raised the alarm over the spying activities of the Chinese.
The two top security officials met with private business and academic leaders Wednesday, in London, to call attention to what they describe as the serious security and economic threat posed by China.
China was also accused of seeking to steal the intellectual property of the United States and the United Kingdom, and influence politics in western countries.
In their speech, the two domestic security chiefs allege that the Chinese government is engaged in a coordinated campaign to gain access to important technology, and to “cheat and steal on a massive scale.”
In addition, they claim that the Chinese government’s hacking program supersedes that of every major country, and that it has a global network of intelligence operatives.
Tensions between China and Western countries have risen in recent days and particularly after the invasion of Ukraine by Russia. China has so far refused to impose sanctions on Russia or to publicly denounce the invasion.
The West is also growing increasingly wary of China invading Taiwan, notwithstanding President Biden’s promise to come to Taiwan’s aid if it is invaded.
Just on Monday, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson told German newspaper Bild in an interview that “we must be very concerned that China is landing on the moon and saying: ‘It’s ours now and you stay out.”
Nelson also accused China of wanting to take over the moon as part of a military mission.