The group will be one of less than a dozen mission centers managed by the CIA, with weekly director-level meetings aimed at driving the agency’s strategy toward China. The CIA has announced that it will increase its efforts to recruit Chinese speakers and create another mission center focusing on emerging technologies and global issues such as climate change and global health.
President Joe Biden’s administration looks at China’s aggression on security and economic issues and is looking for common ground on issues such as climate change and nuclear-armed North Korea. Top administration officials have repeatedly pointed to the shift of resources toward “great power” competition with China and have maintained a focus on counterterrorism.
China’s leadership of the Communist Party, its large military and security services, and its development in advanced technologies that counter counter-insurgency operations are particularly difficult for the US intelligence community. In a statement Thursday, CIA Director William Burns called the Chinese government “the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century.”
“Throughout our history, the CIA has come forward to address any challenges,” Burns said. “And now the CIA is at the forefront of this effort as we face our toughest geopolitical test in a new era of big power rivalry.”
As part of the agency reorganization, the CIA folds the Iran and North Korea mission centers into existing groups covering each country. Both country-specific mission centers were created during President Donald Trump’s administration.
With the goal of reducing processing time to an average of six months, the CIA seeks to address hiring delays through a difficult process of completing background checks and security clearances.
This is the first time a chief technology officer has been appointed as part of a broader effort to implement advanced computing methods.
Washington Publicly accused Beijing Kovid failed to cooperate with efforts to understand the origins of the 19 and gave rise to cyber attacks targeting critical US infrastructures. In return, China has falsely accused Beijing of being a victim and pointed to past US intelligence failures and the collapse of the US-backed government in Afghanistan.
But both countries are the world’s two largest economies and the leading military and political powers. The relationship has been deteriorated by military aircraft flying to China near Taiwan’s self-governing island, which has long been backed by the US and considered Beijing part of its territory. Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to hold a virtual meeting by the end of this year, a US official said on Wednesday.
The US shift toward a “great power” rivalry comes amid the fall of the Kabul Taliban after the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. The withdrawal deprived key intelligence resources in Afghanistan.
Intelligence officials have assessed that al-Qaeda has close links with the Taliban and could regain its ability to hit the US within one to two years.
Sen. President of the Senate Intelligence Committee. In a Mark Warner statement, I look forward to working with the CIA to “ensure that institutional changes meet the challenges we face.”
“The climate of strategic threat is changing, and the intelligence community needs to adapt to meet that new environment,” Warner said.
Sen. Marco Rubio, the top Republican in the Intelligence Committee, welcomed the announcement of the new China group.
“The threat from the Chinese Communist Party is real and growing,” Rubio said in a statement. “Every part of our government needs to reflect this great energy competition in message, structure and action.”