You Vote: How concerned are you about the threat posed by Chinese espionage?

Senior U.S. officials unseal charges in new cases of Chinese espionage, including one where spies allegedly tried to bribe a Justice Department employee.

Updated: October 24, 2022 - 4:14pm

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The Justice Department on Monday announced charges in three separate espionage cases involving China.

"The government of China sought to interfere with the rights and freedoms of individuals in the United States and to undermine our judicial system that protects those rights," Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference. "They did not succeed."

In one case, prosecutors allege two suspected Chinese intelligence officials attempted to bribe a U.S. law enforcement officer to be a double agent to help a Chinese telecommunications company avoid criminal penalties.

Other charges relate to China's targeting of political dissidents and critics who lived in the United States.

Of the 13 total people charged, 10 are suspected of being Chinese government agents. Two people were arrested.

FBI Director Christopher Wray, who was also at the press conference, said earlier this year that his agency opens counterintelligence investigations into China roughly every 12 hours.

According to U.S. officials, Chinese espionage costs the U.S. upwards of $600 billion a year in stolen intellectual property.

With all this in mind, are you worried about China spying on the U.S.? Should the U.S. treat Chinese espionage as a top priority? Here's your chance to weigh in:

How concerned are you about the threat posed by Chinese espionage to the American people?

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