The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and MI5 – the top law enforcement agencies of the United States and Great Britain, respectively – just made their first-ever joint appearance. What caused it? The short answer is China.
NBC News reports that FBI Director Christopher Wray and MI5 Director Ken McCallum publicly warned the world of a “game-changing challenge” from communist China.
Wray and McCallum made their first-ever joint appearance on Wednesday at MI5’s Thames House headquarters in London, England.
Today is the first time the heads of the FBI and MI5 have shared a public platform. We’re doing so to send the clearest signal we can on a massive shared challenge: China. The most game-changing challenge we face comes from the Chinese communist party. It’s covertly applying pressure across the globe.
The “game-changing challenge”
The Daily Mail reports that Wray and McCallum “warned the Chinese government was a looming threat to global economics, technology, businesses and particularly to Taiwan – the tiny East Asian island that has long fought off calls to reintegrate with mainland China.”
Wray said, “We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our’, I mean both our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere.”
Wray went on to warn, in particular, that, if China does go ahead and tries to “forcibly take over Taiwan,” it would “represent one of the most horrific business disruptions the world has ever seen.” Wray also warned about China stealing technology and using it to undercut businesses and dominate the market.
To meet these and other threats from China, both Wray and McCallum said that their agencies will be running more investigations.
The Washington Examiner reports that China responded to Wray and McCallum’s warning. China, according to the outlet, denied all allegations.
China Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian called the allegations “completely far-fetched,” adding that the examples provided by Wray and McCallum were “pure shadow chasing.”
“We have stated on multiple occasions that the objective of China’s development is to deliver better lives to the Chinese people, not to target anyone, still less replace anyone,” Zhao claimed.
He added, “this head of U.K. security service needs to cast away imagined demons, leave the dark room and meet the sunlight, stop clinging to the obsolete zero-sum game mindset, and stop creating imagined enemies.”