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How China Spies

What makes China's methods unique? Analysis of the China threat and details of four Chinese espionage investigations.

China's Espionage: What's At Stake?
The FBI ranks China as one of the greatest potential espionage threats over the next decade. What's the nature of that threat? What are China's goals? Former FBI counterintelligence experts Edward Appel and T. Van Magers, author Dan Stober, former U.S. Ambassador to China James Lilley, and criminal defense attorney Brian Sun discuss China's threat and whether the U.S. counterintelligence community can defend America's interests.
'China Is Different'
This is the standard refrain among U.S. counterintelligence specialists, some of whom believe America has never fully understood how the Chinese wage the espionage war. Chinese spies have not been caught making "dead drops" or using other clandestine techniques that Americans saw during the Cold War era. Here, author Dan Stober, former U.S. Ambassador to China James Lilley, former FBI Special Agents Edward Appel and T. Van Magers, and former Energy Department Director of Intelligence Notra Trulock describe and evaluate China's espionage tactics.
Four Other Chinese Espionage Investigations
Details of four investigations into suspected Chinese espionage over the past 20 years -- only one of which was prosecuted successfully -- revealing the complexities of such cases.
'Chinese Intelligence Operations'
Nicholas Eftimiades, author of the book Chinese Intelligence Operations, made this presentation before Congress's Joint Economic Committee in May 1998. He describes the information-gathering methods of China's Ministry of State Security (MSS) both at home and abroad. "Most of China's clandestine economic espionage activities are not sophisticated operations," he says, "but their numbers compensate for this weakness. In the U.S., those activities focus on the theft of American technology."
'Chinese Intelligence Operations'
Helen Zia is an Asian-American journalist and the author of Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of An American People. She also co-wrote Wen Ho Lee's autobiography, My Country Versus Me. In this June 1999 article, published in AsianWeek, Zia writes, "As the 'evidence' continues to mount about the evil, inscrutable, diabolical, culturally ingrained spy behavior going all the way back 5,000 years, I am afraid that it is only a matter of time before I, too, will be accused of espionage." She also notes, "Americans like to believe that we will be treated as 'innocent until proven guilty.' Tell that to Wen Ho Lee and thousands of Asian American scientists."

 

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posted january 15, 2004

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