The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

A se­nior State Depart­ment of­fi­cial said this week he will re­port to Congress on whether Chi­nese Com­mu­nist Party elites are ben­e­fit­ing from Bei­jing’s eco­nomic es­pi­onage pro­gram.

Daniel Rus­sel, as­sis­tant sec­re­tary of state for East Asian and Pa­cific af­fairs, told a House hear­ing Tues­day that Bei­jing-backed eco­nomic cy­ber es­pi­onage is a ma­jor con­cern.

Stolen U.S. data is be­ing “trans­ferred to Chi­nese com­pa­nies or state-owned en­ter­prises and used for commercial gain,” Mr. Rus­sel told a hear­ing of the House For­eign Af­fairs sub­com­mit­tee on Asia and the Pa­cific.

He made the com­ments un­der ques­tion­ing by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Cal­i­for­nia Repub­li­can, who asked if party elites also are cash­ing in on the theft of U.S. trade se­crets.

“Is there ev­i­dence that mem­bers of the Chi­nese Com­mu­nist lead­er­ship who have been en­rich­ing them­selves — we know how wealthy they are — have been in­volved with the theft of Amer­i­can tech­nol­ogy?” he said.

Mr. Rus­sel promised to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter and

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