“Unlike the Cold War, it’s about who is going to be the global leader – first with the biggest economy, and out of that will come political influence. But then secondarily – who is the most innovative economy and creating the industries of the future. Ultimately it’s an economic and technological competition.”
Michael Vickers — Former Head of Pentagon Intelligence (November 21 2018)
“What the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”
US Vice-President Mike Pence
November 30 2018 — In their first report published since 2011, the VSSE — Belgian intelligence and security agency — raises the issue of Chinese espionage. Better late than never! Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY
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Established in 1830, the Belgian VSSE it is the oldest intelligence service in the world… except for the Vatican’s.
The report — published on November 30 2018 — states that Chinese intelligence activities against Belgian and European interests are very serious and “certainly not going to diminish.”
A Chinese spy was arrested in Belgium in April 2018 and extradited to the United States in October 2018.
The VSSE reports that traditional Chinese intelligence services are engaged in intelligence activities in Belgium, using think tanks, media companies, and public enterprises.
The report argues that China is seeking to find out about the projects of the European Union and the relations between the Member States.
The VSSE agency recommends a better cooperation between the intelligence services of the European countries. As I said before, this is not going to happen.
Perhaps, the most puzzling part of the report is what it does not mention. Although most countries are extremely concerned about China investments in their Telecom infrastructure, the Belgian report is silent on this issue. Why, on earth, why?
PS: “Clear and present danger” was a doctrine adopted by the Supreme Court of the United States to determine under what circumstances limits can be placed on First Amendment freedoms of speech, press, or assembly. The test was replaced in 1969 with Brandenburg v. Ohio‘s “imminent lawless action” test.
Belgium VSSE — Rapport d’activités 2017-2018
Belgium — Chinese Espionage Is Clear and Present Danger