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Rohrabacher Introduces Bill to Sanction Chinese Economic Spies

Jul 16, 2014

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R- CA, and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-OH, have introduced legislation to sanction Communist Chinese state-owned enterprises for engaging in cyber and economic espionage against the United States.

The legislation, which targets board members and executives of the companies, was prompted by the Department of Justice’s May indictment of five People’s Liberation Army officers for stealing trade secrets.

“Chinese individuals with ties to their government,” said Rohrabacher, “are stealing the equivalent of hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s time to start holding them responsible.”

This week the Washington Post reported that China has spied on U.S. think tanks, and the New York Times reported that Chinese hackers have likely broken into government files of federal workers, possibly accessing documents related to the granting of security clearances.

“Our own research and development,” said the congressman, “is being used against us. Our inaction has encouraged these foreign thugs to victimize the American people. This is the first step at making them accountable and putting an end to China’s cyber thievery.

“Americans are outraged,” said Rohrabacher, “by the continuing intrusion by the Communist-led Chinese regime to benefit illegally from our longstanding trade relationship. By definition, trade cannot be one-way, and it certainly does not give a green light to these stealth raiders of our business and security secrets. This must stop now.”