The Central Intelligence Agency has created a new offshoot that will focus exclusively on the threats emanating from China.
CIA Director William J. Burns announced the formation of the China Mission Center on Thursday, which will “address the global challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China that cuts across all of the Agency’s mission areas,” according to a press release from the agency.
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“CMC will further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government,” Burns said in the release.
In addition to the new office, which will focus on emerging technologies, economic security, climate change, and global health, Burns revealed a new position: the chief technology officer. He also announced the creation of a Transnational and Technology Mission Center.
“Throughout our history, CIA has stepped up to meet whatever challenges come our way … And now facing our toughest geopolitical test in a new era of great power rivalry, CIA will be at the forefront of this effort,” Burns added.
Despite characterizing China as a “key rival,” the CIA director said they will continue to focus on “an aggressive Russia, a provocative North Korea and a hostile Iran, as well as combatting terrorism.”
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The CIA will also be reducing the time it takes for applicants to join the agency and creating a technology-based fellowship program.
“There’s no doubt we have the talent for the job,” the director concluded. “And with the right approach, and the right structure in place, I know we’ll help ensure American leadership and American success on the global stage for decades to come.”
The timing of the CIA announcement came around the same time the Wall Street Journal reported that about two dozen U.S. special-operations and support troops are conducting secret training operations in Taiwan.
The Chinese military has flown nearly 150 flights near Taiwan in the past week, causing concern from the U.S. and Taiwanese officials. While the flights haven’t violated Taiwanese airspace, as defined by them, they act as a reminder that China considers the island to be a part of their own country.
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Original Author: Mike Brest
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