U.S. House Report Describes Chinese Spy Activity (Great Events: 1900-2001)
Article abstract: A House select committee presented a 700-page report detailing allegations that China engaged in espionage in the United States in an effort to gain U.S. nuclear secrets.
The Cox Report
On May 25, 1999, Christopher Cox, chairman of the House Select Committee on U.S. National Security and Military/Commercial Concerns with the People’s Republic of China, and Norman Dicks, Democratic representative on the committee, testified before the House International Relations Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific on allegations that China spied on the United States’ nuclear program and stole secrets to advance its own nuclear program during the past twenty years. Their three-volume, 700-page report, based on the select committee’s investigation, became known as the Cox Report (House Report 105-851). The two representatives appeared before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee a week later.
The Cox Report was part of a congressional effort to implement major policy changes in securing national secrets against alleged Chinese nuclear spying. Nine committees in both the House and Senate engaged in various inquiries into Chinese spying or security lapses at the U.S. Energy Department’s nuclear weapons laboratories. Selected to head the House select committee in the summer of 1998, Cox forged a bipartisan group that included four Democrats and four Republican members, to work on this sensitive...
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