The US has accused more than a dozen Chinese agents of multiple crimes

The US has accused more than a dozen Chinese agents of multiple crimes


US Attorney General Merrick garland accused China of committing acts of espionage against the United States in a press conference on Monday. Here’s what you need to know:

The case of the DoJ: Garland said the Justice Department took several measures over the past week to crack down on criminal activities by people working on behalf of China. A complaint was opened on Monday accusing two Chinese intelligence officials of attempting to obstruct and influence a prosecution of a Chinese telecom company, believed to be Huawei.

“The complaint alleges that in 2019 the defendants directed a US government law enforcement official to steal confidential US law enforcement information from the company,” Garland said.

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Operation Fox Hunt: Also on Monday, an additional indictment was unsealed accusing four people, including three Chinese intelligence officers, of attempting to obtain information, technology and equipment on behalf of the Chinese government and stopping legal protests in the United States aimed at the Chinese would have been embarrassed government.

The Justice Department has also filed charges against seven people allegedly operating on behalf of China to harass a US citizen and threaten to return to China.

Garland said those arrests were linked to a global Chinese campaign known as “Operation Foxhunt,” a mission to hunt down Chinese government critics who have fled the country and bring them back to China.

“As these cases demonstrate, the Chinese government has attempted to interfere with the rights and freedoms of individuals in the United States and to undermine our judicial system that protects those rights. They didn’t succeed,” Garland said.

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