Patt Morrison for February 11, 2008

Dragons on the Prowl in the U.S.

This morning FBI agents arrested a former engineer at Rockwell and Boeing in Orange County for allegedly stealing defense industry trade secrets and passing them onto the Chinese government. The case is part of a wider hunt for Chinese spies that began many years ago and has resulted in numerous arrests but only a spotty conviction record. China's aggressive espionage activities in the U.S. have been characterized as "so extensive that they comprise the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies." With an increasingly confident foreign policy and rapidly growing military, the likelihood of future conflict with China seems to be very real. But does the government occasionally over-hype these Chinese spy cases - is the Chinese Dragon not quite as menacing as it may seem?

* Ivy Wang, Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting the Chung espionage case.
* Gordon G. Chang, blogger on contentions.org, the website for commentary magazine. He writes widely on China and North Korea and is the author most recently of "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea Takes On the World" (Random House)


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