“China’s Corporate Spy War” – with CNBC’s Eamon Javers
What You’ll Learn
- Why go after corporate secrets?
- What’s at stake for the United States
- The case of Yanjun Xu and GE Aviation
- Military implications of economic espionage
- The innovation nation
- Simple twists of fate
And much, much more …
This week on SpyCast, Andrew is joined by CNBC’s Senior Washington Correspondent Eamon Javers to discuss his new documentary, China’s Corporate Spy War.
Quotes of the Week
“I don't think people in corporate America knew that, fully understood the scale of the threat. They thought this was kind of an annoyance like shoplifting is, and that you kind of just build in some procedures and there's some sunk costs associated with that, and you move on. What these intelligence guys were describing was an entirely different threat. This was the elimination of major American brands from the global marketplace.” - Eamon Javers.
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