US Senate Hearing: China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses

I watched the full December 12 U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing “China’s Non-Traditional Espionage Against the United States: The Threat and Potential Policy Responses”     this past weekend.  Interesting stuff although the term non-traditional espionage is problematic. It runs the gamut from the totally legal research and open data information collection, though the questionable to the certainly illegal.  Looking at the whole spectrum makes the issue clearer although it does tend to taint normal activities with an association with the illegal.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee website has the video and transcripts of most of the statements.

The C-SPAN video of the same hearing is especially useful since it lets you to searches on automatic transcriptions of the testimony.  C-SPAN link
Senator Feinstein’s statement is not on the Committee website for some reason.  I found it especially interesting so I made a clip from the C-SPAN video

Senator Feinstein Statement at Senate Hearing on Chinese Non-Traditional Espionage

Dr, James Mulvenon’s testimony I also made a clip of from the C-SPAN website

James Mulvenon Testimony

[Topics: Huawei, Chinese all-of-society tech collection efforts which shade into illegality, many Thousand Talents hires also USG employees (illegal if in same field as gov’t work if USG permission not obtained), some academics hold dual appointments funded in China by Thousand Talents program with frequent PRC-paid flights to China to debrief scholars on work in US labs (DC comment: intriguing if funded by both USG and Thousand Talents for same work but not illegal), comments on Confucius Institutes funded by PRC Communist Party United Front Work Department. ]

There was also some discussion of the Confucius Institutes and their actual and potential affect on academic freedom in the statements and Q&A at the end of the hearing. 

Copied from the US Senate Judiciary Committee website:

  1. Senator Chuck Grassley (R – IA)


Panel I

  1. The Honorable John DemersAssistant Attorney GeneralNational Security Division
    Department of JusticeWashington, DC
  2. The Honorable Christopher KrebsDirectorCybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    Department of Homeland SecurityWashington, DC
  3. Mr. E.W. “Bill” PriestapAssistant Director, Counterintelligence DivisionFederal Bureau of InvestigationWashington , DC

Panel II

  1. Mr. Dean ChengSenior Research Fellow
    Asian Studies Center
    Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign PolicyHeritage FoundationWashington, DC
  2. Mr. Peter HarrellAdjunct Senior Fellow Energy
    Economics and Security ProgramCenter for a New American SecurityWashington, DC
  3. Dr. James Mulvenon, Ph.D.General Manager
    Special Programs DivisionSOS InternationalVienna, VA

About 高大伟 David Cowhig

Now retired, translated Liao Yiwu's 2019 "Bullets and Opium", and studying some things. Worked 25 years as a US State Department Foreign Service Officer including ten years at US Embassy Beijing and US Consulate General Chengdu and four years as a China Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research. Before State I translated Japanese and Chinese scientific and technical books and articles into English freelance for six years. Before that I taught English at Tunghai University in Taiwan for three years. And before that I worked two summers on Norwegian farms, milking cows and feeding chickens.
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