China Security Threats

Data and information about security threats from China’s black market. Intelligence and security data collected from government agencies, news articles and other public information sources.

Economic espionage activities by Chinese cyberspies steal an estimated $40 to $50 Billion worth of intellectual property from United States organizations each year.

Source:  Siobhan Gorman, “China Expands Cyberspying in U.S., Report Says,” Wall Street Journal, October 23, 2009.

Illegal logging in China lead to $3.8 Billion worth of timber to have been imported into the United States in 2008.

Source:  Martin Petty, “US, Europe demand fuels illegal China-Myanmar timber trade,” Reuters, October 21, 2009.

Illegal logging lead to more than 90 percent of the 270,000 cubic meters of logs and the 170,00 cubic meters of sawn timber imported into China from Myanmar to be illegal.

Source:  Global Witness, “Dramatic decrease in illegal timber trade between Burma and China but smuggling continues; China urged to do more,” Press Release, October 21, 2009.

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Illegal logging from China accounts for ten percent of the global trade in timber.

Source:  Global Witness, “Dramatic decrease in illegal timber trade between Burma and China but smuggling continues; China urged to do more,” Press Release, October 21, 2009.

Chinese knockoffs are believed to be responsible for gains of up to one-third in market share in the online game industry.

Source: “Chinese Knockoffs Pose Headaches for Korean Online Game Makers ,” Chosun Ilbo, October 17, 2009.

Wildlife trafficking kills 100,000 pangolins each year in order to meet the demand for it in China.

Pangolins are believed to help blood circulation problems and skin conditions.

Source:  Rhett Butler, “Laos Emerges as Key Source in Asia’s Illicit Wildlife Trade,” Yale Environment 360, February 26, 2009.

The estimated number of prostitutes in China ranged from one million people to 10 million.

Source:  Maureen Fan, ” Oldest Profession Flourishes in China,” Washington Post, August 5, 2007.

Human smuggling on the US-Mexico border lead to 262 Chinese citizens to be detained in the first 9 months of 2009.

Between 2005 and 2009, and average of 32 Chinese citizens were caught in the human smuggling on the US-Mexico border.

Source:  Sebastian Rotella, “In Arizona desert, illegal immigration’s mysterious spike,” Chicago Tribune, October 3, 2009.

Between 2007 and 2009, US Border Patrol Agents apprehended 2, 285 illegal immigrants from China attempting to enter the United States from the US-Mexico border.

In addition to the Chinese, those apprehend by Border Patrol included nearly a thousands people from Europe, 80 from Pakistan, 36 from Somalia, 19 from Yemen, 25 from Iraq and 26 from Iran.

Source:  Pierre Thomas, “Exclusive: FBI Says Corrupt Border Officials Accepting Bribes Expose U.S. to Terrorist Risk,” ABC News, September 24, 2009.

The cost to legally incinerate trash in the Netherlands is 4 times more expensive than to smuggle it to China for illegal dumping.

Source: Elizabeth Rosenthal, “Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries,” New York Times, September 26, 2009.