Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), has warned government officials and academics about a Chinese recruitment campaign. The Chinese government is trying to lure Canadian employees into overseas talent programs to acquire Canadian knowledge. The recruitment email promises high salaries and asks for personal information. CSIS says that the Chinese Communist Party uses these initiatives to support espionage and foreign interference activities. The agency also warns that there are over 200 Chinese “talent recruitment programs” under Beijing’s control. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) states that the programs may involve stealing trade secrets, breaking export control laws, or violating conflict-of-interest policies. Participants in the programs are required to share new technology developments with China and recruit other experts into the program. CSIS is warning academics and researchers to be cautious of well-paying offers and collaboration opportunities. The agency has become increasingly open about its warnings regarding research security in recent years.
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