Last week, the US ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, accusing Chinese diplomats of turning the facility into an illegal espionage center. However, according to a report this week, San Francisco and the New York Consulates are the central locations for Chinese espionage operations in the United States.
At that time a spokesman for the US National Security Council ordered to “protect American intellectual property and private information of Americans”.
However, the problem is that the Houston, Texas-based consulate is not the Communist nation’s primary center for espionage.
The Chinese Communist Party operates two major hotspots for espionage, their consulates in San Francisco and New York City.
A former US intelligence official told Axis this week that San Francisco is the real gem, but the US will not shut it down.
Both of those consulates are less likely to close than Houston, which the Trump administration is setting out as an example.
China has long been accused of using its embassies and consulates for dubious purposes, such as collecting information on Uygar and Chinese dissident groups and abolishing control over Chinese students.
As a Chinese Student and Scholars Association (CSSA) president told Foreign Policy magazine in 2018, “I think the trend is that the consulate tries to control more and more CSS.”
The embassy and consulate, according to Axios, paid students to participate in demonstrations to visit Chinese leaders, as well as CSSA presidents to hold study sessions on the party’s idea and “to ensure compliance” to the government. Have asked to send the photo.
San Francisco had long been the head of both consulates regarding espionage.
Foreign intelligence operations in the Bay Area have focused their sights on collecting trade secrets and technology from nearby Silicon Valley, according to Politico.
“It is a very subtle form of intelligence collection that is more business-oriented and oriented,” an intelligence official was quoted as saying by the 2018 outlet.
The source said that espionage “is very much part of the everyday environment in the area”.
In addition to collecting technology secrets, Chinese officials have also long focused on collecting intelligence on internal US political affairs.
In 2018, Politico reported at the time, a well-placed employee at Sen. Diane Fiestine was recruited by the Chinese government to report about American politics in the California office.
Feinstein (D-California) hired the Chinese spy as his watchman for nearly two decades, a gopher in his office and a liaison for the Asian American community, the San Francisco Chronicle reported at the time.
The paper reported that the man also participated in the functions of the Chinese consulate for the California senator.
A Feinstein spokesman said at the time that his office does not comment on personnel matters.