Guo Wengui, who is in self-imposed exile in the US after reportedly falling out with the Chinese government – made the astonishing claims in a recent interview.
Guo – who fled his home country two years ago after what he said was a business dispute with relatives of a retired top Communist Party official – reportedly said he “knows the Chinese spy system very, very well”.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, he said: “Before 2012, cumulatively China had around 10,000 to 20,000 agents working in the United States.
“These agents had been sent to work in the US over a 50-year period of time, and they were working in a defensive mode.”
But that year, China decided to send another 5,000 agents to their rival country, Guo said – after a huge injection of cash from the government to fund espionage.
The businessman also claimed the agents had been switched to “offensive” operations at around that time.
He said: “By offensive [operations], I mean to be ready to destroy the US in...
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