CIA considers deployment of Chinese specialists to compete with Beijing
WASHINGTON : CIA Director William Burns said the United States was inspecting the possibility of deploying Chinese specialists in an effort to compete effectively with Beijing.
In a high-profile interview with NPR, Burns said: “… I am currently exploring the advanced deployment of Chinese specialists – be they operations officers, analysts, technologists as well – to make us more effective in this competition, in this rivalry on the pitch as well. “
Burns said the United States is no longer the “one big child” of the geopolitical bloc, especially with the rise of China.
He added that China is the biggest geopolitical challenge for the United States in the 21st century, and that the tech sector is the biggest area of competition between the two countries.
Speaking on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, Burns said he was troubled by the advances of the Taliban movement in Afghanistan. “Well, the trend lines that we all see today are certainly troubling. The Taliban is making significant military progress; they’re probably in the strongest military position they’ve occupied since 2001,” Burns said.
The United States will retain significant capabilities in and around Afghanistan to gather intelligence on terrorist groups, the CIA director said.
Meanwhile, on Russia, the CIA director said the former Cold War rival could be behind the “Havana Syndrome” affecting the health of US diplomats in Cuba. However, he added that there are no definitive conclusions and various possibilities.
Havana syndrome is a series of unexplained medical symptoms first experienced by State Department personnel stationed in Cuba starting in late 2016, the Wall Street Journal reported. Since then, diplomats and other officials posted around the world have experienced similar symptoms.
Burns said that Russia “Could be, but I honestly can’t – I don’t want to suggest until we can draw more definitive conclusions that it might be. But there are a number of possibilities. . “
Similar accusations against Russia have surfaced in US media in the past, with Moscow repeatedly denying them, Sputnik reported.
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