The intelligence arm heads of MI5 Director-General Ken McCallum and FBI Director Chris Wray warned about the growing long-term threat presented by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to the interests of the United Kingdom and the US, in their first joint appearance.
“We’re doing so to send the clearest signal we can on a massive shared challenge: China,” said McCallum.
According to McCallum, the objective of the address is not to “cut off” diplomatic relations with China, as the United Kingdom is interested in engaging China in sectors where this can be done without compromising their public safety or founding principles.
“First, the aim here is not to cut off from China – one fifth of humanity, with immense talent. China is central to global issues: economic growth, public health, climate change. There are situations where the risks are sharper – and you’d expect the head of MI5 to focus on those. But even then, our aim is to make conscious choices on issues that are rarely binary. We want a UK which is both connected and resilient,” he added.