China threat: what has MI5 said about Chinese threat to UK?

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The head of MI5 said the security service would step up its investigation into China in response to the “groundbreaking” threat posed by the government’s Communist Party.

Director-General Ken McCallum said MI5 is conducting seven times the investigations in China it was four years ago and that it plans to “grow so much again” to combat the pervasive inferences that “permeate so many aspects of our national life”. “.

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According to McCallum, the threat is a “coordinated large-scale campaign” and the CCP’s use of covert, coercive, or corrupt techniques to launch “deceptive” schemes to buy and wield influence, as well as the use of “more sophisticated… interference efforts”. “breathtaking.”

But should we be worried?

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Here’s everything you need to know about it.

What’s the threat?

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McCallum addressed an audience of business leaders and academics at MI5’s Thames House headquarters in London on Wednesday (July 6) in an unprecedented joint appearance with FBI Director Christopher Wray.

McCallum said they spoke publicly together for the first time to “send the clearest signal on a massive common challenge: China,” adding, “The most game-changing challenge we face comes from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). It’s secretly putting pressure around the world… We need to talk about it. We have to take action.”

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The audience also heard warnings that if China invades Taiwan as feared, it “could present one of the most horrifying business disruptions the world has ever seen.”

Do we need to worry?

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The threat is aimed more at businesses than at ordinary people going about their lives.

But of course, a major disruption to the world’s business systems would ultimately affect all aspects of normal waking life.

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Describing the threat as a “complex, enduring and pervasive danger” to “innovative companies,” Wray is “ever worse” and “even more serious” than many realize, saying, “We keep seeing it’s the Chinese government.” , which poses the greatest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ours I mean our two nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere.”

Wray told the audience the Beijing government is “out to steal your technology, whatever drives your industry, and use it to undermine your business and dominate your market.”

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Last year, the UK shared information on Chinese cyber threats with 37 countries and prevented a “sophisticated threat” against aerospace companies in May, McCallum said, adding that 50 students were linked to the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, have been linked. leave the UK.

He cited a number of examples of Chinese interference, including the case of a British aviation expert who was approached online offering an “attractive job opportunity” in which he made two trips to China to have “wine and dine” before he asked and paid for technical information on military aircraft from a company that was a front for Chinese intelligence officers.

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The UK must become a “tougher target” by becoming more aware of the risks, McCallum said, as he highlighted how the proposed legislation in the National Security Bill, if passed, would provide a “long-needed and essential shift in combat powers “ will cause state threats”.

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But he said the aim was “not to be cut off from China”, adding: “We want a Britain that is both connected and resilient.”

The FBI has significantly increased its investigations into China in recent years, with about 2,000 investigations currently and one new one opening every 12 hours on average, Wray told reporters.

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