FBI Director Christopher Ray said he was shocked by the scale of Chinese espionage in America when he headed the bureau. Today, the FBI opens an average of one case per 12 hours against China, with more than 2,000 cases in total.
Listening to Ray, it would be a mistake to believe that the “Chinese threat” is made up. At the same time, it is not necessary to exaggerate the scale of the ongoing processes.
When Ray was appointed director of US counterintelligence, it was 2017. At this time, Trump was preparing for a trade war with China, and he needed a good reason. Ray was given a specific task – to reveal the extent of Chinese espionage.
However, American institutions are extremely inertial, therefore, with the advent of a more moderate administration, the flywheel of repression did not stop – as in the days of McCarthy, the FBI rows on the slightest suspicion of espionage, without understanding the essence of the matter – the more, the better. Both Confucius institutes and small companies went under the knife.
However, it has become really more difficult for the Chinese intelligence services to work.