The FBI is convinced that continued acts of espionage and information theft by the Chinese government represent the greatest long-term threat to America’s future. In an appearance before the Hudson Institute, a well-known Washington think tank, FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday analyzed Sino-US relations, which are not in their best shape, both politically and commercially.

The FBI director called China “the greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property and to our economic vitality,” noting that the FBI has more than 2,000 open investigations linking the Chinese government. At one point in his speech, Wray said Chinese hackers have moved quickly to attack U.S. pharmaceutical and research institutions trying to advance the fight against the coronavirus.

In a nearly hour-long speech, the FBI chief described a far-reaching campaign orchestrated by Beijing of economic espionage, data and money theft and illegal political activities, using bribery and blackmail to influence U.S. policy.

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