The Chinese Communist Party uses the full spectrum of law enforcement actions to exert leverage. And detaining an American on business could provide political and economic advantages.
Bill Priestap is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He led the FBI’s counterintelligence division from 2015 to 2018. With Holden Triplett, he advises businesses and universities on how best to protect themselves from nation-state threats.
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American businesses have not fully recognized the enhanced nation-state threat environment within which they are operating, and they do not entirely appreciate the difference between risks and threats.
U.S. companies must understand that in many cases they are no longer simply competing with corporate rivals. They are competing with the nation-states supporting their corporate rivals.