The director of U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Christopher Wray stated that acts of espionage and theft by the Chinese government posed the "greatest long-term threat" to the future of the USA, BBC reports.
"The stakes could not be higher. We have now reached a point where the FBI is now opening a new China-related counterintelligence case every 10 hours. Of the nearly 5,000 active counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China," Wray said.
According to the FBI director, China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort "to become the world's only superpower by any means necessary."
As we reported earlier, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) officially declared Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE as threats to national security.
“We cannot and will not allow the Chinese Communist Party to exploit network vulnerabilities and compromise our critical communications infrastructure,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stated.