Trump spy chief says China largest risk to freedom since WWII

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The spy chief of outgoing US President Donald Trump has labelled China the largest risk to democracy and freedom since World Warfare II, as Chinese language state media warned some harm to Sino-US ties was “past restore”.

Writing within the Wall Road Journal on Friday, Director of Nationwide Intelligence John Ratcliffe stated that China was bent on world domination.

“The intelligence is obvious: Beijing intends to dominate the US and the remainder of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” he warned.

In a doubtlessly incendiary allegation, Ratcliffe additionally stated China’s financial espionage strategy was threefold: “Rob, Replicate and Substitute”.

The Chinese language embassy within the US stated the spy chief’s article was “fact-distorting” and confirmed “an entrenched Chilly Warfare mindset”. It additionally claimed the US authorities and firms have been concerned in cyber-theft.

Ratcliffe’s feedback got here as Chinese language state media questioned the state of relations between the 2 nations, which have sunk to their lowest level in a long time over points equivalent to commerce, human rights, Hong Kong and COVID-19.

The federal government-backed newspaper China Every day stated in an editorial it seen Washington’s determination this week to restrict customer visas for Chinese language Communist Occasion members and their households and a ban on Xinjiang cotton imports as “worrisome indicators”.

“Even when the incoming administration has any intention of easing the tensions which were sown, and proceed being sown, some harm is just past restore, because the sitting US president intends,” the newspaper stated.

Bilateral ties are being shifted onto “a harmful path”, it added.

‘Mutual respect’

In the meantime, Cui Tiankai, the Chinese language ambassador to the US, appeared to sign a need to reset the more and more confrontational relationship as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take workplace in January.

“There are at all times variations between the 2 nations. None of them justifies confrontation and conflict, chilly or sizzling,” Cui stated on Twitter on Thursday.

“With enough mutual respect and mutual understanding, we’re able to managing these variations in order that they’d not derail the complete relationship.”

It’s unclear whether or not a Biden administration will deliver a dramatic shift, nonetheless.

Cui Tiankai, the Chinese language ambassador to the US, has signalled a need to reset the more and more confrontational China-US relations as President-elect Biden prepares to take workplace [Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA]

The Democrat instructed the New York Occasions this week that he wouldn’t take away current tariffs set by the Trump administration towards China for now.

In response, one other state-owned Chinese language publication, the World Occasions, reminded the incoming president to be “absolutely conscious of the devastating impact of the tariffs on the US economic system”.

“Nonetheless, it’s crucial to remind all that the tariffs have been dominated unlawful by the WTO, and have been broadly deemed to have value the US greater than [it has] gained.”

Laws focusing on China or Chinese language officers for prices of human rights abuses in Xinjiang and a crackdown towards pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong have additionally received broad bipartisan assist within the US Congress, as properly, additional suggesting that the present tenor of US coverage in direction of China will stay.

 

An change of insults on Thursday between US Senator Marsha Blackburn and China Every day journalist Chen Weihua – underscored a number of the animosity simmering beneath the floor.

Blackburn, a Republican and one of many extra outspoken China critics, claimed with out proof on Twitter that China had “a 5,000 yr historical past of dishonest and stealing”.

Chen replied to her tweet, accusing Blackburn of being probably the most “racist and ignorant” US senator he has seen and calling her a “b**ch.” The World Occasions editor-in-chief additionally waded into the social media change writing that the senator’s “cognitive degree was as little as a monkey’s”.