China trying to infiltrate US colleges to recruit spies, indoctrinate students, intelligence agencies say

Fox News | 2/7/2019 | Eric Shawn
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U.S. Intelligence agencies continue to warn of Beijing’s spying activities in the U.S. – including commercial espionage and the stealing of intellectual property.

“The Chinese counter-intelligence threat is more deep, more diverse, more vexing, more challenging, more comprehensive and more concerning than any counterintelligence threat that I can think of," FBI Director Christopher Wray testified at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week.

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And now, lawmakers are also focused on new allegations of China's attempts to influence American academia and public opinion.

A report from the director of National Intelligence is blunt: "China's intelligence services will exploit the openness of American society, especially academia and the scientific community..."

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"It is widespread and it is dangerous and this is legislation designed to stop that," Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News about a bill he has re-introduced, The Stop Higher Education Espionage and Theft Act.

Its goal is to deter what he calls the "infiltration" by China of our country's universities, colleges and research institutions.

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"Too many universities, I think, are gullible, are not realizing the magnitude of this threat," Cruz warned. "This is a concerted, organized, systematic threat to undermine our universities and undermine our economy and we need to be serious to combat it."

Several current and former Chinese students have been convicted in U.S. courts for espionage.

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Just recently, Ji Chaoqun, who had studied electrical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, was arrested and accused of working for Chinese intelligence to recruit spies here in the U.S. He is now awaiting trial. The Chinese government has long denied the spying allegations.

But it is not just spying that Sen. Cruz is concerned about. He is also raising the alarm about a Chinese-backed academic program, The Confucius Institute, that currently operates on about 100 U.S. campuses.

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"I passed into law legislation targeting, in particular, the Confucius Institutes,...
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