Common Misconceptions About China's Corporate Espionage Tactics

MIN READJun 18, 2019 | 10:00 GMT

China is home to the largest aero-engine maintenance base in Asia.

An aircraft engine undergoes maintenance at the aero-engine bonded maintenance base of Sichuan Services Aero-engine Maintenance Co., Ltd. (SSAMC) in Chengdu, China. 

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about the dangers of setting different security standards for information stored in "riskier" areas (such as Beijing) versus "safer" areas (such as Brussels). I argued that the threat posed by sophisticated corporate espionage actors, such as Chinese intelligence agencies, is global in nature, which is why security programs to defend against them must also have a global scope. As I have discussed this topic in more depth with clients, readers, the media and my Stratfor colleague Fred Burton in a recent podcast, it occurred to me that the belief that the espionage threat is limited to certain locations only scratched the surface of several other dangerous misperceptions -- especially when it comes to considering the threat posed by Chinese human intelligence operations....

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