FBI director raises alarm over Chinese government coercing China-born U.S. citizens to return to Beijing

File – FBI Director Christopher Wray sits for a photo op in the Hart Building. (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

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UPDATED 1:45 PM PT — Tuesday, July 7, 2020

FBI Director Christopher Wray is drawing attention to a program used by the Chinese government, which reportedly forces U.S. citizens born in China to move back to Beijing. He raised the alarm about the program while speaking at an event for the Hudson Institute in Washington Tuesday.

Wray said Chinese President Xi Jinping “spearheaded the program” called “Fox Hunt” and officials involved in it use cyber theft, blackmail and espionage to silence those who dissent against the Chinese government.

“Fox Hunt is a sweeping bid by General Secretary Xi to target Chinese nationals whom he sees as threats and who live outside of China, across the world,” stated the FBI director. “We’re talking about political rivals, dissidents and critics seeking to expose China’s extensive human rights violations.”

Wray went on to say China’s theft of American information is taking place on such a large a scale that half of the bureau’s 5,000 counter intelligence cases are relate to Beijing.

His comments came one day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. may ban the Chinese app TikTok over security concerns.

FILE – This Feb. 25, 2020, photo shows the icon for TikTok taken in New York. TikTok said Tuesday, July 7, 2020, it will stop operations in Hong Kong, joining other social media companies in warily eyeing ramifications of a sweeping national security law that took effect last week.(AP Photo, File)

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