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China coerces hundreds of Chinese-born critics in US to return home, FBI chief says

By Jonathan Landay

 

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FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Christopher Wray departs following a national security briefing for members of the U.S. Senate about how Russia has been using social media to stoke racial and social differences ahead of this year's general election, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 10, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo

 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The head of the FBI said on Tuesday Chinese President Xi Jinping was spearheading a program aimed at strong-arming Chinese-born people in the United States deemed as threats to Beijing to return home - even threatening their families.

 

FBI director Christopher Wray, speaking at the Hudson Institute think tank, said hundreds of Chinese in the United States - some of them US citizens- had been targets of the "Fox Hunt" programme.

 

Wray reiterated U.S. charges that China was using espionage, cyber theft, blackmail and other means as part of a strategy to replace the United States as the world's dominant economic and technological power. China rejected Wray's comments.

 

Wray said the Fox Hunt programme was aimed at silencing criticism of Beijing's political and human rights policies by Chinese-born people living overseas.

 

The families of those who refuse to return are threatened and some have been arrested in China "for leverage," he said.

 

"Hundreds of these Fox Hunt victims that they target live here in the United States, and many are American citizens or green card holders," he continued.

 

"The Chinese government wants to force them to return to China and China's tactics to accomplish this are shocking."

 

He urged people to contact the FBI if Chinese officials tried to force them to return to China.

 

In Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian rejected Wray's comments.

 

"The relevant statements by Wray ignore basic facts, are full of political lies, and fully reveal his deep-rooted Cold War thinking and ideological prejudices," he said.

 

Beijing has denied U.S. charges that it employs cyber espionage against the United States.

 

Wray also said almost half of nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases now underway are related to China.

 

"We've now reached a point where the FBI is opening a new China-related counterintelligence case about every 10 hours," Wray said in his address.

 

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-- © Copyright Reuters 2020-07-08
 
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Go for it Donald.

 

You're still miles behind though, miles behind.

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A cunning stunt from Mr Xi by the sound of it🤔

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3 hours ago, Morch said:

 

Go for what?

Miles behind how?

 

For once, Trump isn't even mentioned in the OP.

erm Chinese apologist ?😉

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8 hours ago, Meat Pie 47 said:

erm Chinese apologist ?😉

 

Yeah, but still don't make much sense.

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