An Interconnected World

In today’s highly interconnected world, the battlefield is not just physical but digital. And as Uncle Sam gears up to counter potential threats, a new player has been flying under the radar: China. As they continue to expand their reach, they’re targeting US tech startups, using them as pawns in their game of global espionage. For those unfamiliar with this new-age warfare, let’s dive into the nitty-gritty of this cyber showdown.

China’s modus operandi is simple:

  1. Invest in or acquire US tech startups.
  2. Gain access to cutting-edge technologies.
  3. Exploit them for their advantage.
Xi lurks in the shadows, constantly watching. AI image created by SOFREP.

A True Threat to National Security

This strategy has allowed them to infiltrate sensitive sectors like AI, biotech, and telecommunications – areas critical to our national security.

Consider the case of Alon Raphael, who cofounded a tech startup, Femtometrix. 

“It’s the bleeding edge of the most advanced chips that are coming out that we are applicable to,” he said. “One of the requests for the investment was to know the details of the patent portfolio.”

Only until it was too late that he found out what the real agenda was. 

“They absconded with hard drives and the technology… Led by a Chinese venture capital fund,” Raphael alleges, “[they] set up a sister company with the stolen technology in China and began to produce our technology and market to our customers from China.”