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China's utilisation of intelligence services puts US national security at risk: Intel official

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

China's utilisation of and nontraditional collectors to advance their national development continues to place the US' national security at risk, top official said today.

Bill Evanina, who is facing a confirmation vote to head the newly created National and Security Center, told the that is one of the gravest concerns that the US has moving forward as a nation with respect to economic security.

He said China's utilisation of a whole-of-government approach towards the to increase their economic and military development is problematic.

"China's utilisation of and nontraditional collectors to advance their national development continues to place our national security at risk.

"The US must continually and aggressively respond to China's systematic theft of US technology, trade secrets, proprietary data, research and development across wide swaths of the US economy, Evanina told lawmakers.

The utilisation of nontraditional collectors here in the -- engineers, scientists, students in school -- and their ability to, from a cyber-enabled perspective, identify and attract unclassified data from research facilities continues to allow the US to not only lose positions, jobs, research and funding, as well as provide first-to-market capability to the Chinese, he said.

This take America's ingenuity and proprietary data and trade secrets away, Evanina rued.

"The intelligence community and is on record with this committee and the American people with respect to the threat posed by telecom, Evanina said.

During the confirmation hearing, Senator Mark Warner, expressed concern over the security threat posed by giant

A number of members on this committee has raised concerns about certain of the companies and their penetration into the American market. I was actually pleased that the acted on one of those companies, Now, it appears that that is simply a in negotiations with China, Warner said.

This is not the appropriate way, he noted.

"If this is a security threat, it is a security threat and needs to be dealt with as such, not as a in terms of greater trade negotiations," he said.

My concern is that we are asking purchasers of equipment at local government...we're asking others who are in the venture community and others to understand the threat of

"But I don't believe we can fully brief that threat if they don't have appropriate security clearances within their own institutions, another challenge that comes out of the backlog issue, Warner said.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 01:05 IST