FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday delivered a speech at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., revealing what he called "more detail on the Chinese threat than the FBI has ever presented in an open forum."
Wray described the numerous efforts China has made to take advantage of Americans and U.S. innovations and technology, including:
- The Equifax hack
- Theft of sensitive military technology
- Pressure to self-censor
- Economic coercion applied to state and local elected officials
"If you are an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data. Our data isn't the only thing at stake here — so are our health, our livelihoods, and our security," Wray said. "We've now reached the point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case approximately every ten hours."
Wray encouraged Americans to keep the following three things in mind:
- China's leaders are determined to make China the "world's only superpower by any means necessary."
- Beijing uses covert and coercive methods to make powerful people advocate for China's interests in the United States.
- China is taking advantage of America's open system by using its own private companies to achieve state goals.
"All these seemingly inconsequential pressures add up to a policymaking environment in which Americans find themselves held over a barrel by the Chinese Communist Party," Wray said.