China, Not Russia, Is America’s Greatest Threat Says CIA Official
A CIA official has issued a dire warning about the future of the United States as it faces its most fearsome foe. And no, it is not Russia.
The deputy assistant director of the CIA’s East Asia Mission Center, Michael Collins, spoke at the Aspen Security Forum on Friday and detailed the threat posed by China, who he says is determined to overtake the United States as the world’s superpower.
“By their own terms and what Xi enunciates I would argue by definition what they’re waging against us is fundamentally a cold war, a cold war not like we saw during the Cold War, but a cold war by definition,” he said, CNN reported.
“A country that exploits all avenues of power licit and illicit, public and private, economic and military, to undermine the standing of your rival relative to your own standing without resorting to conflict,” Collins said. “The Chinese do not want conflict.”
He said Jinping wants “every country in the world” on its side and against the United States “because the Chinese are increasingly defining a conflict with the United States and what we stand behind as a systems conflict.”
Collins said that despite what the media is fixated on, China represents a greater threat to America than Russia does because “’it sets up a competition with us and what we stand behind far more significantly by any extreme than what the Russians could put forward.”
Collins said that when the United States shifted its focus to the worldwide war on terror, it took its eyes off of China which allowed it to grow significantly.
“They are learning to be more coercive, learning to be more aspirational, learning to be more assertive by what they’re getting away with,” Collins warned.
He said that “9/11 is one example where the international community had to shift its attention to something else and the Chinese drove through that decade to especially expand where they are, so it’s a long way of saying that there are things that happened in the international system, things that … helped to explain to some degree the speed and expanse of where the Chinese have gotten to where they are today.”
As everyone in the United States media and intelligence community has its eyes on Russia, with good reason, it also needs to keep an eye on China before it is too late.
They are One in the same
Why? Because we owe them a trillion dollars?
They are both threats but Donnie isn’t in bed with China as far as we know
Wrong. The GOP is America’s greatest threat.
This is not an either or situation! One is as bad as the other!
They are one in the same
He loves Kim Jong though…he’s a very fine person like Putin!
Father God, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.
Never trust China…they need the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as their God. Amen.
Yes, because those from Abrahamic religions have never been a problem.
Yes, this is sarcasm. Religion doesn’t make someone more moral.
America is America’s threat.
Both and NKorea
Put them both in the same basket.
I thiink, at the moment, it’s Trump.
I think Donald Putin -Trump is the greatest threat to our country.
Bullshit. The biggest threat to U.S. national security besides garbage is that racist pig in the White House.
They both are! Where’s Trump going to buy his clothes when he’s told “ You’re fired”?
Far as I’m concerned both of them are
China economic power is growing thanks to us buying cheap Chinese products
Trator trump is the biggest danger to Americans
@AnnAust5555 Muh, Russia. It gets to a certain point where we have to be realistic about the actual… https://t.co/2diaIRkQYl
Trump and the GOP are our greatest threats. They have sold out and compromised themselves and us.
Both are, Get fucking real. Hell Trump is our threat and enemy too.
No one can threaten our democracy like the enemies from within. The corrupt puppets that call themselves our leaders that sold us out to oil barons, bankers, big pharma and the military industry have corroded our wealth and democracy!
CIA says their all foes. Don’t believe everything on here.
Don’t trust trump it’s Putin more dangerous than trator trump because trump is Russian spy
Hey look over there !!
Nothing to see here folks !
Please , look anywhere but here !
It’s Russia , folks . Republicans are going to be saying all kinds of things over the next 3 1/2 months . Don’t believe a word of it though !
Treason is treason and most of the Republican party is on the take from Russia via the NRA .
VOTE BLUE , GREEN , whatever , just DON’T VOTE RED !!
Trump is our greatest threat
What you think you saw you didn’t and what you heard you didn’t hear it lol
Yes because Xi Jinping is a dictator!
Perhaps China is a significant competitor on the world stage BUT Russia is our enemy here on our own… https://t.co/uPpDMvGPAP
I agree…seeing trumps bromance with putin…makes me sick! trump needs to go!