William Evanina, chief of the counterintelligence branch at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) said Wednesday that Chinese agents have dramatically ramped up their efforts to influence presumptive President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming team. Evanina’s remarks came at a virtual discussion at the Aspen Institute.

According to the BBC, Evanina said China had been attempting to meddle in the U.S. efforts to develop a coronavirus vaccine as well as the recent American elections.


Earlier DNI had issued a statement concluding that the Intelligence Community (IC) assessed that China favored a Joe Biden win, and a Trump re-election loss. The DNI statement from August noted China’s efforts began long before the election and involved undermining President Trump:

We assess that China prefers that President Trump — whom Beijing sees as unpredictable — does not win reelection. China has been expanding its influence efforts ahead of November 2020 to shape the policy environment in the United States, pressure political figures it views as opposed to China’s interests, and deflect and counter criticism of China. Although China will continue to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action, its public rhetoric over the past few months has grown increasingly critical of the current Administration’s COVID-19 response, closure of China’s Houston Consulate, and actions on other issues.

But now, on Wednesday, Evanina added that China’s current unprecedented effort toward the Biden Team was an influence campaign “on steroids.”

He continued, according to BBC: “We’ve also seen an uptick, which was planned and we predicted, that China would now re-vector their influence campaigns to the new [Biden] administration.” Evanina went further, saying:

And when I say that, that malign foreign influence, that diplomatic influence plus, or on steroids, we’re starting to see that play across the country to not only the folks starting in the new administration, but those who are around those folks in the new administration.

Meanwhile, this massive Chinese influence operation toward Team Biden ties into the many questions surrounding Joe Biden’s son Hunter and his business associates’ connections to the communist Chinese regime which I have detailed previously.

And as I recently wrote, this Chinese influence effort also connects to the national security concerns about several of Biden’s cabinet picks’ links to WestExec Advisors, a pro-China consulting firm co-founded by Biden’s Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken, and one of Biden’s possible picks for Secretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy.

Biden’s pick for DNI Director Avril Haines was also a principal at WestExec. Suspiciously, that company scrubbed its website in August (just as Biden became the Democrat nominee for president) of all information detailing its successful efforts connecting Chinese entities to Pentagon-related research in the United States.

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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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LaserRay
LaserRay
1 year ago

Joe Biden’s head is so far up the Chinese you know what that he can’t see the light of day. There’s no surprise in these headlines. Sleepy Joe and his son Cocaine Hunter have been bought and sold by the CCP. Welcome to the beginning of the end people!

wv cat
wv cat
1 year ago
Reply to  LaserRay

Can not really TOP that stmt. It is sooo ” RIGHT in the MONEY!”….Why didn’t the American public take note of that major point? OR…Better yet, why didnt the Republicans use that in ads against him? Shhhhh

CindyP
CindyP
1 year ago
Reply to  wv cat

Or why did the American media (D) tell the American public the truth. I think we all know the answer to that.

Sue
Sue
1 year ago
Reply to  wv cat

They all want to get rite of Trump!!!

rusell
rusell
1 year ago

joe and hunter make much money now, China information will increase

vinnie
vinnie
1 year ago

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, FOLLOW THE MONEY , And you’ll see WHO’S paying and WHO’S getting paid !!!

Walter Anderson
Walter Anderson
1 year ago
Reply to  vinnie

Fallow the down fall of America, under Biden Agenda. Democracy goes to socialism, then communism and finally Marxism.

wv cat
wv cat
1 year ago

Again..all we can do now..is exercise and become more limber. ..so we can bend over. And ” kiss our butts GOOD-BYE !! 🙃🥵👋👋👀👅🙋🙋‍♀️🇺🇲

od39@outlook.com
1 year ago
Reply to  wv cat

Man West VA agrees with you

Helga Renfro
Helga Renfro
1 year ago
Reply to  wv cat

I couldn’t have said better it better if I tried.. Biden is a traitor just like Obama was and Obama’s entire administration was so corrupt they should all be in jail.

jjofaz
jjofaz
1 year ago
Reply to  Helga Renfro

Get ready for Obama admin part 2. Biden can’t think for himself and if he could we would have emigrants running the US…China emigrants w/o citizenship.

boston 1936
boston 1936
1 year ago

civil war on the horizon wakeup america all 79 million of us . lock and load January 6th washington d. c. and again January 20th. stay tuned

jjofaz
jjofaz
1 year ago
Reply to  vinnie

The problem is the msm aka The State Press won’t let anything negative about the left get reported. We have the Chinese Communist Propaganda Press here in the US now and have had it since 2016.