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Huawei one of over 50 Chinese economic espionage cases being probed by FBI

US intelligence chiefs in the hearing said China was the most potent threat politically, militarily and economically to the United States

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Christopher Wray, FBI director, US
FBI director Christopher Wray. Photo: @FBI

The FBI is investigating Chinese economic in nearly all of its 56 field offices around the country, underscoring the depth of the threat to US business, told Tuesday.

"writ large is the most significant counterintelligence threat we face," Wray told the in a hearing on foreign threats.

"We have economic investigations, for example -- that's just one piece of it -- in virtually every one of our 56 field offices," he said.

"The number of those has probably doubled over the last three or four years, and not all of them, but almost all of them lead back to " Wray spoke one day after the Justice Department indicted Chinese for a "company-wide effort" to steal trade secrets from

The indictment said offered employees bonuses "based on the value of information they stole from other companies around the world," which they were to send to via an encrypted email address.

chiefs in the hearing said was the most potent threat politically, militarily and economically to the United States, and that the threat was growing.

The intelligence community's annual Worldwide Threat Assessment report released Tuesday alleges that will target important US for and theft whenever it cannot easily develop an itself.

"We are also concerned about the potential for and services to use Chinese firms as routine and systemic espionage platforms against the and allies," it said.

said at the hearing that the leadership and have made it hard for Chinese to be pure and avoid suspicion.

"Huawei need to make a decision about the direction that they want to take with regards to how they support the or as an independent business," he said.

"The challenge... is that decision does not lie with Huawei. It lies with the CCP, it lies with Xi Jinping.

First Published: Wed, January 30 2019. 08:25 IST