FBI opens 1K investigations into China’s alleged tech theft

FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks at the Department of Justice China Initiative Conference held February 6, 2020 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

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UPDATED 12:15 PM PT — Thursday, February 6, 2020

The FBI is pursuing 1,000 investigations into China’s alleged technology theft. FBI Director Christopher Wray made the announcement on Thursday and said China is trying to steal U.S. technology by any means necessary.

“They’ve pioneered an expansive approach to stealing innovation through a wide range of actors,” said the director. “They’ve shown that they’re willing to steal their way up the economic ladder at our expense.”

Wray said China is attempting to steal information, including cost and pricing data, internal strategy documents and anything else that may give them a competitive edge.

“China is using a wide range of methods and techniques,…everything from cyber intrusions to corrupting trusted insiders,” he said. “They’ve even engaged in outright physical theft.”

The director said the country is using both Chinese intelligence services and private companies to pursue its targets. He added the theft is focused on tech companies, but also includes agriculture businesses and medical device companies.

“What it does mean is that when China violates our criminal laws and well-established international norms, we are not going to tolerate it, much less enable it,” reiterated Wray. “The Department of Justice and the FBI are going to hold people accountable for that and protect our nation’s innovation and ideas.”

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Secy. Pompeo opens door for greater investments between U.S., Kazakhstan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, meets Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Akorda presidential residence in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. (Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP)

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UPDATED 2:47 PM PT — Sunday, February 2, 2020

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the president of Kazakhstan on Sunday. Pompeo held a joint news conference alongside the nation’s leader, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, in the nation’s capital.

He said the United States and Kazakhstan have a long history as partners for peace and allies of NATO.

The secretary urged the country to join the U.S. in reducing its dependence on China and Russia, particularly in its use of oil and gas. He warned that investments with Russia and China could come at a cost to the country’s sovereignty.

“We fully support Kazakhstan’s freedom to choose to do business with whichever country it wants,” said Pompeo. “But I’m confident that the country will get the best outcome when it partners with American companies.”

He went on to praise the nation for its efforts in battling the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. Pompeo will make his way to Uzbekistan to meet with more top officials in the near future.

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