CIA creates new China mission centre to combat Beijing influence

Posted on October 08, 2021, 7:31 am
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WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is creating a top-level working group on China as part of a broad US government effort focused on countering Beijing’s influence.

In a statement, the CIA said the China Mission Center was formed “to address the global challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China that cuts across all of the agency’s mission areas”.

The group is just one of fewer than a dozen mission centres operated by the CIA and will hold weekly, director-level meetings meant to better coordinate the agency’s strategy towards China.

It will address global issues critical to US competitiveness, the CIA said, such as emerging technologies, economic security, climate change and health challenges.

CIA Director William Burns said the new mission centre “will further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government”.

“Throughout our history, CIA has stepped up to meet whatever challenges come our way,” Burns said in a statement on Thursday. “And now facing our toughest geopolitical test in a new era of great power rivalry, CIA will be at the forefront of this effort.”

The announcement comes amid a wider prioritisation by the administration of President Joe Biden on countering Beijing.

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