Commentary on Political Economy

Thursday, 3 December 2020

 

1,000 ‘Beijing agents’ flee America as net closes in

John Demers, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, left, with FBI director Christopher Wray. Mr Demers said there was “no question” the individuals were sent by the Chinese government
John Demers, head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, left, with FBI director Christopher Wray. Mr Demers said there was “no question” the individuals were sent by the Chinese government
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More than 1,000 Chinese spies have fled the United States following an investigation into industrial and technological espionage, US officials have claimed.

The Chinese citizens involved had been posing as researchers while concealing their links to China’s People’s Liberation Army, said John Demers, chief of the US Justice Department’s National Security Division.

“There’s no question that they were part of a Chinese government effort to send these individuals here,” he told an online discussion hosted by the Washington-based Aspen Institute think tank.

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