MI5 Chief Says U.K. Looking to do More to Tackle China Threat

MI5 Chief Says U.K. Looking to do More to Tackle China Threat

The head of MI5 said the U.K.’s domestic spy agency wants to “do more” to tackle Chinese activities that threaten the intellectual property of British companies and universities.

In his first public remarks since taking on the role in May, Ken McCallum said he will “carefully” prioritize the agency’s resources against China’s “covert activities.” He also told reporters on Wednesday he wants the U.K. to be able to intervene earlier when risks to critical national infrastructure are spotted — before the government if forced to use a “sledgehammer” in a crisis.

McCallum was speaking as the government drafts a new National Security and Investment Bill, which is expected to be published this month and cover deals in sectors such as defense and critical infrastructure, and will make provisions to protect sensitive intellectual property.