Justice Department Deals Blow to U.S. Efforts to Combat Chinese Espionage


“The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China.” This, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray at a video event at the Hudson Institute in 2020. The FBI warns of China’s efforts to specifically target academic institutions and research with the intent of stealing foreign technology for the sake of Chinese advancements. 

Despite this, the Daily Wire reports last week that the Justice Department dropped five cases involving purported connections to the Chinese military. Five visiting researchers from China were arrested last year following discovery of prior military service, ties each of the five researchers had lied about on visa applications. 

A Justice Department official cited “recent developments” in the cases as reason for dismissal, vaguely noting that “We have determined it is now in the interest of justice to dismiss them.” Sources at the FBI have recently suggested that evidence in the cases has failed to produce any direct link between false information provided on visa applications and transfer of intellectual property. 

The Justice Department’s announcement came just days before U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman’s visit to China in the midst of heightened tensions between the two nations. State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, “The Deputy Secretary underscored that the United States welcomes the stiff competition between our countries, but that we do not seek conflict with the PRC.” This most recent announcement by the Justice Department highlights a less aggressive approach by the Biden administration than that adopted by former President Trump on China. 

The Biden administration’s unfolding China policy potentially serves to undermine the acknowledgement of the threat that China poses and the methods it employs to gain a competitive edge globally. A report by the Center for Strategic Study lists 160 publicly reported instances of Chinese espionage directed at the United States since 2000, with 76% of those occurring between 2010 and 2021. Not included are “more than 1200 cases of intellectual property theft litigation brought by U.S. companies against Chinese entities in either the U.S. or Chinese legal systems.”

China poses a very real threat, engaging in nefarious espionage tactics, yet is on track to receive a free pass in this latest move by the nation’s highest enforcer of federal law.

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Aly is a military spouse and mom to two. She has a special interest in international security and foreign affairs, having lived overseas, worked with Sister Cities International and served as a commissioning editor for an international relations website. Aly holds a Masters in Global Studies and International Relations from Northeastern University and currently resides in Tennessee.
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8 thoughts on “Justice Department Deals Blow to U.S. Efforts to Combat Chinese Espionage”

  1. Looks as if our so called JUSTICE Department is now controlled by the subversive money from the ENEMY (China). Why else would such a department with such power ALLOW SUBVERSIVES to continue to operate in our country??? Seems as if they are now saying punish the citizens but let the enemies and criminals go free.

  2. A big fat “THANK YOU” to all who supported Biden. When China starts WWIII and your relatives and friends are dying all around you, remember, you voted for Biden!!!

  3. Government agencies have been weaponized by Progressive Democrats to work only on behalf of Progressive goals of further Socializing the U.S. Democrats have used government agencies such as the FBI, the IRS, the EPA and most likely all others to spy on political opponents and to protect foreign entities that financially support the Democrat Party. We need to take back the U.S. government from hateful Socialist Progressives, if we even can at this point. Democrats are pushing the nation into a civil war by whatever means they can. Once we are pitted against one another to the point of violent encounters, Progressives will call for Marshall Law and impose a national police agency. States rights will be no longer and the “United States” will no longer exist in a newly imposed Socialist America. Let’s hope and pray we can avoid where the current Progressive regime in D.C. is taking us. We could be at the point that Sodom and Gomorrah were when God chose to no longer let those cities be under His will.

    1. Exactly what is “Marshall law?” Please explain, lest we all wallow in ignorance!. Thank you.

    2. Nothing will happen to Democrat traitors until conservatives gain control of all 3 branches of gov.. But if they do will they follow up and prosecute the politicians and crooks, Pelosi, Wray, Garland, many federal judges etc. and this time don;t just hold these stupid goat f— hearings but arrest them charge them with treason and EXECUTE by HANGING. None of this lethal injection crap. Hanging is the prescribed manner of death for traitors

  4. Kick them ALL out and keep them out. No visas, no nothing. Ever wonder WHY their latest warplanes look exactly like our latest? Damn, what does it take to understand how serious this threat is?

  5. Ever watch Biden jogging up to a microphone. When I see that I think of Ecclesiastes 10, “you can tell a fool by the way he walks down the street”