The director of the FBI says the whole of Chinese society is a threat to the US — and Americans must step up as a society to defend themselves
- FBI director Christopher Wray issued a dire warning against China's growing influence during a Senate intelligence hearing on Tuesday.
- He cited the variety of ways that China is implementing its plan to replace the US as the foremost global power, including infiltrating American academia.
- China's Confucius Institutes are ostensibly language learning centers, but often serve as vehicles for Chinese propaganda at universities around the world, including the US.
- Intelligence experts also cited Chinese cybersecurity threats as a major concern in 2018.
FBI director Christopher Wray reiterated a commonly held view on Tuesday that China is seeking to become the global superpower through unconventional means — but framed the threat China poses to the US as not just a governmental one, but as a societal one, too.