United States Arrests 3 Chinese Citizens for Visa Fraud
WASHINGTON: The FBI has arrested three Chinesenational for visa fraudwhile a fourth remains at large at the Chinese consulate in San FranciscoThe United States Department of Justice said Thursday, adding that the four are believed to have been members of the military posing as investigators.
The FBI has interviewed visa holders in more than 25 US cities suspected of hiding their Chinese Military memberships, the Justice Department said Thursday, as part of what experts called the largest known crackdown on theft of American knowledge in more than 40 years of Sino-American relations.
The Justice Department announcement will likely fuel tensions between the world’s two largest economies that have grown since the Trump administration ordered China to close its consulate in Houston, Texas, on Friday.
The administration has stepped up charges that China uses cyber operations and espionage to steal technological, military, and other knowledge from the United States in a strategy to supplant the United States as the world’s leading military and financial power. Beijing denied the allegations.
The FBI recently interviewed visa holders suspected of failing to testify. Chinese Military affiliations in more than 25 US cities, the Justice Department said.
“These members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army applied for investigative visas while concealing their true affiliation with the EPL,” said Deputy Attorney General John Demers, according to the statement. “This is another part of the Chinese The Communist Party’s plan to take advantage of our open society and exploit academic institutions. ”
the Chinese The embassy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray said that almost half of the office’s nearly 5,000 counterintelligence investigations are involving China.
Experts called it the largest known crackdown on theft of American intellectual property since the two nuclear-armed powers began the process that led to the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1979.
“This is by far the largest response by the United States to China’s theft of intellectual property since opening up to China,” said James Mulvenon, an expert on the matter. Chinese military and cyber operations with SOS International, a contractor that supports U.S. government agencies.
The Justice Department said the FBI recently arrested three Chinesenational for allegedly hiding memberships in the People’s Liberation Army by applying for visas to conduct research at academic institutions in the United States.
The FBI is trying to arrest a fourth investigative visa fraud suspect who sought refuge in the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco after being interviewed by the office in June, the department said.
The United States police cannot enter a foreign embassy or consulate unless invited, and certain senior officials, such as ambassadors, have diplomatic immunity.