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.
Holden Triplett is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. He led the FBI office in Beijing from 2014 to 2017 and was deputy head of the FBI office in Moscow from 2012 to 2014. Most recently, he was the FBI Faculty Chair at National Intelligence University. With Bill Priestap, 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.