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U.S. Faces ‘Unprecedented Threat’ From China on Tech Takeover

  • U.S. intelligence sees it as ‘flagship’ for U.S. tech access
  • National intelligence director outlines threat to lawmakers
Huawei Technologies Co. Rotating CEO Guo Ping at the Huawei Connect 2017 Conference
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s “Thousand Talents” program to tap into its citizens educated or employed in the U.S. is a key part of multi-pronged efforts to transfer, replicate and eventually overtake U.S. military and commercial technology, according to American intelligence officials.

The program, begun in 2008, is far from secret. But its unadvertised goal is “to facilitate the legal and illicit transfer of U.S. technology, intellectual property and know-how” to China, according to an unclassified analysis by the National Intelligence Council, the branch of U.S. intelligence that assesses long-term trends.