Just last month, a Harvard University professor was charged with lying about his contractual arrangement with China.
Wray also called for a whole-of-society response to these threats. He urged U.S. companies to carefully consider their supply lines and whether and how they do business with Chinese companies. While a partnership with a Chinese company may seem profitable today, a U.S. company may find themselves losing their intellectual property in the long run.
Additionally, U.S. universities should work to protect their foreign students from coercion from foreign governments, Wray said.
Wray noted, however, that these threats do not mean the U.S. shouldn’t welcome Chinese students or visitors.
“What it does mean is that when China violates our criminal laws and well-established international norms, we are not going to tolerate it, much less enable it,” he said. “The Department of Justice and the FBI are going to hold people accountable for that and protect our nation’s innovation and ideas.”