The heads of UK and US security services have made an unprecedented joint appearance to warn of the threat from China.
FBI director Christopher Wray said China was the “biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security” and had interfered in politics, including recent elections.
MI5 is now running seven times as many investigations related to activities of the Chinese Communist Party compared to 2018, he added.
The FBI’s Wray warned that if China was to forcibly take Taiwan it would “represent one of the most horrific business disruptions the world has ever seen”.
In response, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said British intelligence was trying to “hype up the China threat theory” and he advised the head of MI5 to “cast away imagined demons”.
He said the FBI director had also been “playing up the China threat to smear and attack China” revealing a “Cold War mentality” and urged him to stop making “irresponsible” remarks.
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SOURCE: BBC, Gordon Corera