In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis in the United States, the Department of Justice has chosen to remain focused and vigilant in its work to address malicious actions conducted by the Chinese government in private industry. As reported by National Review, DOJ’s assistant attorney general for national security, John Demers, is looking for all 94 U.S. Attorneys to bring cases related to what is being billed as the “China Initiative” – a program that began in 2018. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions started the program to root out IP theft and corporate espionage conducted at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party.
Of the most egregious actions conducted by the Chinese government is the alleged conspiracy, money laundering, bank and wire fraud, and sanctions violations conducted by Huawei Technologies Co. – a company noted to be “protected” by the Chinese Communist Party. Other “protected” companies that have also faced US scrutiny are ZTE, Lenovo, Lexmark and camera-manufacturer Hikvision.
China Tech Threat commends the work conducted by the Department of Justice as the agency works to reign in the long unaddressed intellectual property and data theft conducted by the Chinese Communist Party. Chinese technology companies present risks to the American economy and the American public through their rampant data collection and patent infringing practices, and we at CTT applaud the work of DOG Assistant AG Demers to rid American companies, campuses and laboratories of this persisting threat.