FBI Director Christopher Ray said in his testimony that no other country represents a greater threat to America’s economic security and democratic ideals than China, noting that its ability to influence American institutions is “deep and broad. And was persistent. “
Avril Haines, director for the US Intelligence, and William Burns, director of the CIA, spoke with Wray during a hearing on Wednesday, the first group of intelligence leaders from the US Congress before 2019, public testimony.
Specifically, Ray identified an indictment related to the operation of a Chinese government called “Foxhunt”, in which he alleged that Beijing had “threatened, intimidated, threatened” blackmail “illegal illegal law enforcement activity” on US soil. Do) “as a member. Ethnically Chinese “migrant”.
“It’s a sign and an example of how challenging and diverse it is for this particular threat,” Ray said.
The report noted that Beijing is “intensifying efforts to shape the political environment” in the US, to try to influence political influence and criticize its policies, including a crackdown on civil liberties in Xinjiang and Hong Kong .
On Wednesday, Haines told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the Chinese government has “sufficient” cyber capabilities that “if deployed, could at least cause local, temporary disruption to critical infrastructure inside the United States” is.”
“At no point is it more important to invest in the integration of our norms and institutions, our workforce and our work,” Haines said Wednesday.