China Waging Cold War…..
China doesn’t want the US to dominate the world politics. So, the Asian powerhouse is using all its resources to wage a cold war against Washington.
Michael Collins – the Deputy Assistant Director of the CIA’s East Asia Mission Centre, recently issued the statement while speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. The top CIA expert on Asia said that Beijing, under President Xi Jinping, would never to go to a full-scale war against Washington. However, the Communist nation is subtly working on multiple fronts so that the US will have no other option, but to accept the former’s leadership, added Collins.
The senior CIA official explained that China’s policy is completely different from Russia’s. While Russia employs more well-publicised activities against the US, China makes moves silently. “Now, China is waging a quiet kind of cold war against the US,” Collins told the audience.
The seasoned intelligence officer stressed: “I would argue that what they’re waging against us is fundamentally a cold war – a cold war not like we saw during The Cold War (between the US and the erstwhile Soviet Union), but a cold war by definition.”
On July 20, Collins claimed that the tension between China and the US went beyond the trade dispute, with Beijing making serious efforts to steal business secrets and details about high-tech research being conducted in the US. The Asian giant is also expanding and modernising its defence forces, apart from constructing military outposts on islands in the South China Sea in order to counter other world powers (read the US). Collins advised the Donald Trump administration to give equal importance to China and Russia, saying that (or else) Beijing would create trouble for Washington in near future.
Earlier, FBI Director Christopher Wray explained the Chinese threat to the US from a counterintelligence perspective. He said that the FBI, after conducting economic espionage investigations in all 50 states that could be traced back to China, came to the conclusion that “the significance of it is something that I think this country cannot be underestimated“.
For her part, acting Assistant Secretary of State (for East Asian and Pacific Affairs) Susan Thornton said: “China is not just a footnote to what we’re dealing with Russia.”
The US officials’ views have made it clear that China emerges as an “important actor” in global geopolitics. Beijing’s ‘friendly’ ties with Europe (and also with West Asia and Africa) have created a new diplomatic equation that poses a serious threat to Washington. Strategic experts are of the opinion that it has become increasingly difficult for the US to tackle China, Russia and Iran. According to them, the US badly needs Europe’s support to counter China’s aggressive foreign policy.
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