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FBI and MI5 Issue Rare Double-Alert Over China

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It’s not terribly often that you find international intelligence agencies willingly teaming up in any way, shape, or form.  These are clandestine, solitary establishments by nature, where controlling the entire flow of information is part and parcel to keeping the operation clean.

But in today’s world, as threats from the authoritarian alliances of the east continue to push toward the Europe, the US and beyond, the FBI and MI5 have been compelled to issue a rare joint statement.

Speaking alongside his British counterpart in London, FBI Director Christopher Wray issued his starkest warning yet about the national security threat to the West from China, even as intelligence officials in Washington released a report about Beijing’s efforts to influence state and local politics in the U.S.

In a first-ever joint appearance Wednesday with the director of Britain’s MI5, the U.K.’s domestic intelligence agency, Wray raised the possibility that China might be inching closer to invading Taiwan, noting that Beijing has been taking steps to shield its economy from sanctions that would come after such a move.

“In our world, we call that kind of behavior a clue,” he said, adding that were an invasion to happen, “it would represent one of the most horrific business disruptions the world has ever seen.”

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And there was another issue that the FBI in particular was concerned about:

In November, Wray said Wednesday, “the Chinese Embassy warned U.S. companies that — if they want to keep doing business in China — they need to fight bills in our Congress that China doesn’t like.”

The report said China is focused on state and local governments because the bipartisan consensus in Washington has grown increasingly hostile to Beijing.

Of course, this raises all manner of questions about the Biden family’s ties to the Chinese economy, and whether or not these tests of influence will get the proper push-back under this administration.

 

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As a lifelong advocate for the dream promised us in the Constitution, Andrew West has spent his years authoring lush prose editorial dirges regarding America's fall from grace and her path back to prosperity. When West isn't railing against the offensive whims of the mainstream media or the ideological cruelty that is so rampant in the US, he spends his time seeking adventurous new food and fermented beverages, with the occasional round of golf peppered in.




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