MI5 & FBI waarsku China is die grootste bedreiging vir Weste met 'Beijing wat ons tegnologie steel’

CHINA is the biggest long-term threat to the West, MI5 and the FBI warned last night.

Beijing plans to ransack our secrets and steal technology, their bosses said.

China is the biggest long-term threat to the West, MI5 and the FBI warned

China is the biggest long-term threat to the West, MI5 and the FBI warnedKrediet: AP

It is using repression to shape the world in its favour, het hulle bygevoeg, in the first joint address in the agencies’ history.

MI5 chief Ken McCallum said his spooks were running seven times more investigations into Sjina than in 2018.

FBI head Christopher Wray said it was opening one China-linked case every 24 ure.

Mr McCallum said presumptions that closer ties with President Xi Jinping’s China would see it change were wrong.

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Hy het gesê: “The most game-changing challenge we face comes from an increasingly authoritarian Chinese Communist Party

“It’s covertly applying pressure across the globe. It’s real and it’s pressing. We need to act.”

Director Wray said China was drawing lessons from Russia’s attack on Ukraine and said there were fears China might try to forcibly take over Taiwan.

He said Beijing had a vast spy network and a hacking programme “bigger than every other major country combined”.

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Sjina, hy het gesê, was the “biggest long-term threat” to the economies and national security of the UK and the US.

Hy het dit bygevoeg MI5, FBI and others in the free world made a ­“formidable team” to fight back.