The head of US National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe, said Thursday that China poses the greatest threat to the United States and democracy worldwide since Nazi Germany, and policymakers must be prepared for a long period of confrontation with Beijing.
He added that he is already diverting resources within the $ 85 billion intelligence budget to focus more on China, and to make sure the US intelligence community has “the resources it needs to give policymakers insights into China’s intentions and activities.”
“The People’s Republic of China is the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom around the world since World War II,” Ratcliffe wrote in an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal.
He added that
The intelligence information is clear, as Beijing intends to “dominate the United States and the rest of the world economically, militarily and technically.”
His warning comes on the heels of similar statements made by other senior Trump administration officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Attorney General William Barr.
The comments also reflect the prominent role China has played in shaping the administration’s outlook for the United States’ national security strategy, bypassing Russia. Ratcliffe said:
China should be the primary focus of America’s future national security.
This stern assessment comes from the superintendent of the US Intelligence Community, who is an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump, as the administration tries to stabilize its policies and stance towards China to compel President-elect Joe Biden, who will be sworn in on January 20, with it, according to the agency. Bloomberg.