Ning Wen and his wife were arrested last fall at their home office in Manitowoc, Wis., for allegedly sending their native China $500,000 worth of computer parts that could enhance missile systems. As these naturalized citizens await trial, similar episodes in Mount Pleasant, N.J., and Palo Alto, Calif., point only to the tip of the iceberg, according to FBI officials keeping tabs on more than 3,000 companies in the U.S. suspected of collecting information for China. A hotbed of activity is Silicon Valley, where the number of Chinese espionage cases handled by the bureau increases 20% to 30% annually. Says a senior FBI official: “China is trying to develop a military that can compete with the U.S., and they are willing to steal to get [it]
The old yellow peril is going nowhere. With 100,000,000 overseas Chinese, they have massive numbers of loyal spies available in every country in the world. Bill Gertz’s books on the China Threat were lost in the maelstrum of 9/11, but The West cannot allow itself to ignore China’s rapidly growing military power, aggressive espionage, economic cheating and intellectual property theft.