China is a “near-peer” competitor that challenges the United States in different ways, intelligence officials said on Tuesday.
A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence identifies China’s aggression in the South China Sea, strengthening ties with Russia, and its international belt and road initiative as foreign policy concerns that it says those responsible pose the greatest security risks.
Security challenges with Russia, Iran, and North Korea, have placed them as the next most significant international threats for the United States, followed by transnational risks such as pandemic disease, climate change, and technology. emerging.
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“Beijing, Moscow, Tehran and Pyongyang have demonstrated their ability and intention to advance their interests at the expense of the United States and its allies, despite the pandemic,” said the report released Tuesday. “China is increasingly a close competitor to its peers, challenging the United States in multiple arenas – especially economically, militarily and technologically – and pushing for changing global standards.”
The report exposes US concerns about China’s development of weapons of mass destruction, space and counter-space capabilities, as well as cyber attacks that “at a minimum” can cause “disruption to critical infrastructure. ” in the USA.
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Russia’s regional activities are also about top US security officials, but not as far as international domination is concerned, but rather as a provocative influence. The report noted Russia’s attempts to undermine US alliances with Western nations and “shape world events as a major player.”
The report could shape how the Biden administration tackles not only Russian threats going forward, but its negotiations with Iran as well.
Section on Iran suggests security officials do not believe the Middle Eastern nation is currently engaged in “key nuclear weapons development activities,” but notes that Iranian leadership is unlikely to be willing to cooperate on nuclear non-proliferation until sanctions are lifted.
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North Korea’s main challenges for the United States relate to the continued development of weapons of mass destruction and the threat this poses to South Korea, Japan and the United States.
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and CIA Director William Burns are scheduled to begin testifying on Capitol Hill on Wednesday before the Senate and House intelligence committees.
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