FBI Director Christopher Wray recently criticized Chinese hackers for targeting the United States pharmaceutical industry and research institutes working to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday, June 7, Wray said that China is the “greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property and to our economic vitality,” while also acknowledging that the FBI has more than 2,000 open investigation in relation to the Chinese government.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the United States, Wray further commented that “the Chinese government is engaged in a broad, diverse campaign of theft and malign influence, and it can execute that campaign with authoritarian efficiency.” Wray’s comments follow the Trump administration’s ongoing dissension with the Chinese government. National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are among the United States officials who have criticized Beijing for pressuring the US government to support its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while also attempting to steal American research on the coronavirus.
Since its initial outbreak, the Trump administration has continuously blamed China for the spread of the coronavirus, even tweeting that he is becoming “more and more angry at China.” At the same time, however, President Trump has actively ignored his own administration’s shortcomings and failure to contain the spread of COVID-19 within the United States. As the nation nears its next presidential election in November, China has already started to monopolize the nationwide discussion of foreign policy, and the Trump campaign has even labeled Vice President Joe Biden as “China’s puppet.”
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