By Carol M. Highsmith - http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/highsm.14760, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31105946

On Thursday, CIA Director William Burns said in a statement that the agency was creating a new ‘China Mission Center’ (CMC) that “will further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government.”

He added, according to CBS News, that this center would cut across “all of the agency’s mission areas,” noting the CIA’s concern was “the threat …from the Chinese government, not its people.”

No such unit focusing explicitly on China had previously been created. CBS News added that:

Burns has consistently identified China as an unparalleled challenger, and has vowed to bring an “intensified focus” on competition with Beijing. This despite President Biden repeatedly downplaying the geopolitical battle and promising that the U.S. is not seeking a “new Cold War” with China.

Burns said the new mission center will bring “a whole-of-Agency response” and will “unify the exceptional work CIA is already doing against the key rival.”

The CMC will become one of fewer than a dozen mission centers operated by the CIA, with weekly director-level meetings intended to drive the agency’s strategy toward China. The CIA also announced that it would ramp up efforts to recruit Chinese speakers.

This new enhanced focus on communist China comes almost a decade after the CIA suffered a catastrophic loss of its spies (or ‘assets’) in China when its clandestine encrypted communication system was compromised, and dozens of agents were executed.

This disaster, which was first reported in 2017 by the New York Times, appears to have begun at least by 2010 and continued for at least two or three years afterwards.

That significant loss of its China networks likely also severely hindered the CIA’s ability to monitor developments in Wuhan prior to and during the COVID outbreak in 2019. Business Insider reported that:

About 30 spies were reportedly executed, though some intelligence officials told Foreign Policy that 30 was a low estimate. The US officials were reportedly “shell-shocked” by the speed and accuracy of Chinese counterintelligence, and rescue operations were organized to evacuate their sources.

The CIA has since been rebuilding its network in China, but the process has been long and expensive. This new China Mission Center will hopefully accelerate this rebuilding of China-focused intelligence capabilities.

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of AmericanActionNews.com


Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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Alfie
Alfie
1 month ago

Why bother??? Biden the Catholic traitor gives a direct line to China by way of the crack smoking, computer losing, prostitute hiring, crack sniffing son called Hunter.
In the meantime, . Vote for ANY CATHOLIC “C” and the borders will never be secured.

Gardiner8
Gardiner8
1 month ago
Reply to  Alfie

Mr. Biden ( Pro-Abortion Supporter) is not a Catholic. He is a Catholic in name only. He obeys none of the tenets of the faith. You cannot be pro-abortion and be a Catholic. Our faith respects life at all stages – conception through natural death. We also believe a true marriage is between a man and a woman, there is no such thing as choosing your gender, etc. You can see, that under these beliefs, Mr. Biden is most assuredly not a Catholic.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Gardiner8

god continues to bless his globalists and his demonrats and his rinos and his media and his fbi CRIMINAL organisation and his libby snow flake sheep .

Madeleine
Madeleine
1 month ago
Reply to  vladimir

Please dont mock God. God is no respecter of persons. HE does not discriminate between rich or poor, colour or creed. God is love . But in order to respect God we have to obey HIS Commandments and show true love (Agape love) to our fellow man. That is the only way our planet will heal Peace on earth and goodwill to a men Amen

Brad Guthrie
Brad Guthrie
1 month ago
Reply to  Gardiner8

No, Mr. Traitor is PURE EVIL

David Baker
David Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  Gardiner8

Frankly, I think Numb Nuts is Jewish. Many supposedly “Catholic” or “Christian” leaders suddenly ‘realized they were Jewish, but this revelation occurs after they’re elected or appointed. (Madeline Albright comes to mine. John Kerry also ‘discovered’ his pedigree. It may take some time for Biden to ‘discover’ his..)

David Baker
David Baker
1 month ago
Reply to  David Baker

Sorry “Comes to Mind”. ooops

TRUTH
TRUTH
1 month ago
Reply to  Gardiner8

The man is a NOTHING when it comes to Religion…. as he is in almost ANY other arena.
He’s an EVIL filled, Corrupt, DUMB man that has played the nasty Smartass role to the hilt for the Democrat Party for 50 years. They are a party of morally bankrupt, crooked lechers that Fall for THAT kind of behavior MOST READILY. They truly ARE… the Worst of us.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  Alfie

Don’t come here and be angry at Americans when you should be angry at the roman catholic church and their altar boy raping demonrat priests and your parents for allowing it to happen and taking all your money and spending it while you still need many years of counseling .

Liz Francis
Liz Francis
1 month ago
Reply to  vladimir

Uuuuh, Speaking of NEEDING counseling, vladimir…… Maybe You and Alfie can get some good 2 For 1 sessions!

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
1 month ago

Now perhaps I just don’t understand espionage but I thought the whole idea was to keep things hidden from your enemy. If this country ever had an enemy it woudl be the CCP. So if your are putting together an organization to gather information on your enemy isn’t it a good idea to keep the organization and its mission a secret, especially from that enemy??? On second thought secrecy is rather a waste of time since Gen Milley will more than likely give his counterpart in the CCP a call and tell them what we are doing anyway. Of course the CCP has so much on Hunter Biden that all they need to do is give him a little squeeze and Daddy Joe will send them the entire Organization Plan.

Luke Kendrick
Luke Kendrick
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Winters

RIGHT out of a f______ Nightmare, isn’t it?!!!

fortunate
fortunate
1 month ago

China has wanted to take the USA over for decades, this is why the USA needs to end relying of Foreign countries for everything & the made in USA label is so important , the jealousy against President Trump has been treacherous & those who are jealous are scandalous they have corruption in their past to fear which needs to be exposed.

vladimir
vladimir
1 month ago
Reply to  fortunate

globalists and their puppets; bush and cliton and lil bush and barry soetoro and chester biden wanted to take over the entire world and solar system for decades .