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Inside the Ring: Cruz on China Threat

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Sen. Ted Cruz warned this week that the United States is facing "perilous times" due to the growing threat from communist China.

"China is in my view the greatest long-term geopolitical risk to the United States," the Texas Republican told a conference of China watchers hosted by the Committee on the Present Danger-China. "They are the greatest risk militarily, they are the greatest risk economically, and they are the greatest risk in expanding their world influence and seeking to constrain our own."

Mr. Cruz, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said severing ties with China is not possible because of close economic relations. He outlined three tools that can "combat the geopolitical and geomilitary threat that we face.":snip:

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China Using OPM Records for Spying

China is mining intelligence from an estimated 23 million records of American federal workers, including intelligence and security personnel, stolen in cyberattacks against the Office of Personnel Management, according to a member of Congress.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R., Utah) said the Chinese are easily gaining information from the stolen records.

"They can run through those 23 million names in a heartbeat and connect dots in a heartbeat," Stewart said during remarks to a meeting of the Committee on the Present Danger: China.

"Have we seen evidence that they've done that? Absolutely," said Stewart, a former Air Force B-1 bomber pilot who is currently a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.:snip:

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