Take Notice: US-UK Intelligence Leaders Warn of “Immense” Threat from China

When the heads of UK and US security services make an unprecedented joint appearance to warn of growing threats from China, we should all pay attention.

Earlier this week, when FBI Director Christopher Wray and MI5 Director Ken McCallum addressed an audience in London, Wray called China the “biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security.” According to BBC, he added that China had interfered in politics and recent elections and warned the audience, which included leaders from business and universities that the Chinese government is “set on stealing your technology.”

McCallum noted that MI5 has more than doubled its work against Chinese activity in recent years and expects to double it again. He also said the UK could become a “harder target” if people were more aware of the risks.

China’s determination to dominate in the tech space is clear and continues to intensify. China Tech Threat along with numerous experts and policymakers have raised repeated concerns about China’s growing technological capacity in fields including semiconductors and AI. But now it’s time to act. Both countries see the threat, so what are they going to do about it?

We offer several policy solutions as it relates to semiconductors and YMTC in a recent paper with the Coalition for a Prosperous America, “Silicon Sellout: How Apple’s Partnership with Chinese Military Chipmaker YMTC Threatens National Security.”