The Biden administration halted a program started by the Trump administration to detect Chinese risks to national security in February of last year in the aftermath of the alleged Chinese surveillance balloon that reportedly drifted over American military locations last week.
Matt Olsen, the assistant attorney general for national security under the Biden government, said that Asians had complained that the program was discriminatory against them, claiming that “we helped give birth to a damaging image that the department uses a lesser standard to investigate and prosecute criminal behavior linked to that country or that we in some way see those with racial, cultural, or family links to China differently.”
“Don’t be misled. We will vigorously protect our nation against China,” he continued.
FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed that when he first started his position in 2017 and looked into the extent of Chinese theft of American information, it “blew me away” only a few weeks before the Biden administration ended the Trump program. “And I don’t tend to use terms like “blown away” casually.”
“No other country,” he continued, “presents a wider, more serious danger to our creativity, our ideas, and our economic security than China.”
“The size of their hacking operation and the quantity of business and personal data that their hackers have taken surpasses that of any other nation put together,” according to Wray.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions introduced the China Initiative in 2018. He stated, “The Justice Department didn’t charge anyone with espionage for China from 2013 to 2016. Economic espionage by China against the United States has been rising—and rising quickly. This is it, we’ve had it, and we’re here to say enough is enough. We won’t put up with it any longer.”
“Our defense and intelligence agencies are not the only targets of Chinese espionage today; research laboratories and universities are also being targeted, and Chinese propaganda is being spread on our campuses. We at the Department of Justice—and the Trump administration—have already made up our minds that we will not tolerate any disrespect for our sovereignty, theft of our intellectual property, or deprivation of our people of their well-earned riches. We favor honest business practices and positive interpersonal interactions. We shall uphold the law and defend the interests of the United States.”