China tops US list of biggest threats for the first time


People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march in platoon during a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Republic of China in 2019-THOMAS PETER & # xa0; / REUTERS

People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers march in platoon during a military parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in 2019-THOMAS PETER / REUTERS

For the first time, the United States has designated China as the number one threat, and intelligence agencies said Wednesday that it began investigating Beijing “every 10 hours.”

Spy agency leaders told the Senate Intelligence Committee that China was an “unparalleled priority” and quoted the country’s territories. Aggression and cyber features.

“I don’t think any country poses such a serious threat to our innovation, economic security and democratic ideas,” FBI Secretary Christopher A. Wray said in his testimony.

“And the tools in our toolbox to influence our business, academic institutions and governments at all levels are deep, wide and lasting.

“Currently, there are more than 2,000 investigations related to the Chinese government,” he added. “We can assure the Commission that our people have nothing to do with their time.”

Chinese riot police patrol around Beijing Capital International Airport-Thomas Peter & # xa0; / Reuters

Chinese riot police patrol around Beijing Capital International Airport-Thomas Peter / Reuters

The annual intelligence report released on Tuesday states that while a full-scale war between the two biggest economies is unlikely, the United States will increase intelligence, cyberattacks and “forced diplomacy” to bring about war and peace. He warned that he needed to prepare for a conflict in the “gray zone” between them. “.

The report puts China’s promotion of “global power” at the top of the list of threats, followed by Russia, Iran and North Korea.

It also predicts that China will at least double its stockpile over the next 10 years and participate in the space race over the next two years by launching a space station as part of an attempt to make Washington the best.

President Joe Biden has taken a strict stance on China and has repeatedly promised to prevent China from passing through the United States and becoming the most powerful country in the world.

The president said he revealed it China’s Xi Jinping Jintao The United States did not seek conflict, but said Beijing would insist on adhering to international rules on fair competition and fair trade and respect for human rights.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington-Bloomberg

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines speaks at Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in Washington-Bloomberg

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines agreed with Ray’s evaluation in a speech to the Senate.

The appearance of Ms. Haynes and other intelligence directors was the first such public “global threat” hearing since January 2019. Former President Donald Trump, who frequently clashed with security agencies, did not send authorities last year to testify that it is usually annual.

Over the past few years, the biggest threat to the United States identified at hearings has usually been much more common than in any particular country (eg cybersecurity).

Much of this year’s hearing focused on technology. The threat of hacking, the importance of cutting-edge development, and the negative effects of social media.

“(China) also has substantial cyber capabilities that, if deployed, could at least cause local temporary disruption to critical infrastructure in the United States,” Haynes warns. did.

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