Lawmakers Raise Concerns Over DOD Grants to Colleges Hosting Confucius Institutes


GOP Rep.: U.S. ‘cannot be naïve to the threat faced by Chinese influence operations’ Republican lawmakers expressed concern over new research partnerships between the Defense Department and American universities, several of which host Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes, citing national security threats. The Pentagon last week awarded five grants to university-industry teams collaborating on research related to U.S. defense capabilities as … Read More

Bolton: Chinese, Iranian, North Korean election meddling ‘a sufficient national security concern’


Chinese, Iranian and North Korean attempts to meddle in the 2018 US elections are, like Russia’s efforts, “a sufficient national security concern,” White House national security adviser John Bolton said Sunday. “I can say definitively that it’s a sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling, Iranian meddling and North Korean meddling that we’re taking steps to try and prevent it,” … Read More

China, Unsure of How to Handle Trump, Braces for ‘New Cold War’


Perhaps nowhere outside America’s heartland is Donald Trump given more credit than in Beijing. In government offices and think tanks, universities and state-run newsrooms, there is an urgent debate underway about what many here see as the hidden motive for Washington’s escalating trade war against President Xi Jinping’s government: A grand strategy, devised and led by Trump, to thwart China’s … Read More

Beijing blasts defense bill designed to counter China


Beijing expressed last minute dissatisfaction Thursday as the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act made it to the President Trump. The bill “shines a spotlight” on certain Chinese activities deemed unacceptable by US lawmakers, specifically China’s militarization of the South China Sea, efforts to influence public discourse, and attempts to invest in and acquire assets deemed essential to US national security. … Read More

FBI Investigating Chinese Espionage in All 50 States


FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed on July 18 that the FBI is investigating Chinese economic espionage cases in all 50 U.S. states, and that China is regarded as the “most significant” long-term threat to the United States. Wray, speaking to NBC at the Aspen Ideas Forum on July 18, said Chinese espionage “covers everything from corn seeds in Iowa to … Read More