China has “preferences” for the upcoming elections in the United States, said Tuesday the director of the federal police, which has revealed to open a new counter-intelligence investigation involving Beijing ” every ten hours.”
“The country of the pernicious influence of the China works, our policies and positions 24 hours on 24, 7 days on 7, 365 days a year,” said Christopher Wray during a speech to the think tank the Hudson Institute in Washington.
For him there is “no specific threat” on the elections of 3 November, during which the republican president Donald Trump briguera a second term in the face of the democrat Joe Biden.
But these pressures “permanent” were “obviously implications for the elections,” he estimated. And the Chinese “have no doubt of preferences,” added the boss of the FBI without saying more.
During his speech, he more lengthily described the increasing efforts of Beijing to appropriate the technological secrets with the americans. “In ten years, there has been an increase of 1300% of the cases of economic espionage involving China,” he assured, referring to ” one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history “.
The thousand folders of this type is added more than 1000 additional investigations related to the theft of personal data, intrusions in academic research and / or pressure on dissidents refugees in the United States, he detailed.
“It has come to the point where the FBI opened a new investigation of counter-espionage linked to China every ten hours “, he assured. “At this moment, China is working to undermine (…) the american research on the COVID-19 “, he continues to be accused.
For Christopher Wray, these coordinated campaigns by the chinese communist party represent “the greatest threat to the long-term” for the security of the United States.
The government of Donald Trump has adopted in recent months a tone very critical of China, that the president accuses of having hidden the extent of the spread of the new coronavirus during its appearance in the centre of the country by the end of the year 2019.