This Wall Street Journal article has an in-depth look at recent intelligence collection operations by the PRC. Its initial focus is on the reasoning behind the Trump administration’s order the close of the Chinese consulate in Houston. However, it does touch on other recent arrests of PRC collectors in the United States. There’s nothing new here with regard to Chinese intelligence collection operations that target US companies, our intellectual property, government agencies, and officials. But, I would love to have your thoughts, especially those of you that have worked the China problem in the past.
When I say there’s nothing new here, that’s not exactly true. Since my days on active service with the FBI, which ended in 1995, I am not aware of any presidential administration that has taken really significant steps to thwart the massive intelligence collection operation run in the US by the PRC over the past 40 years. So, the Trump administration’s position towards China in the field of intelligence, as well as trade and economics, would certainly appear to be novel. Time will tell what effect it will have.Chinese Diplomats Helped Military Scholars Visiting the U.S. Evade FBI Scrutiny-WSJ