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DNI Ratcliffe labels China ‘greatest threat’ to freedom since World War II

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President Donald Trump‘s head of national intelligence stated that China is the “greatest threat” to freedom since World War II in an op-ed published Thursday in The Wall Street Journal.

In the piece titled “China Is National Security Threat No. 1,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe writes that combatting China’s growing global influence will be the most important fight over the next few decades, stating that resisting “Beijing’s attempt to reshape and dominate the world is the challenge of our generation”.

Ratcliffe was appointed to his position back in the spring by Trump after five years of serving as a Republican congressman from Texas.

“As Director of National Intelligence, I am entrusted with access to more intelligence than any member of the U.S. government other than the president. I oversee the intelligence agencies, and my office produces the President’s Daily Brief detailing the threats facing the country,” Ratcliffe writes in his opening paragraph.

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“If I could communicate one thing to the American people from this unique vantage point,” the top intel chief added, “it is that the People’s Republic of China poses the greatest threat to America today, and the greatest threat to democracy and freedom world-wide since World War II.”

“The intelligence is clear: Beijing intends to dominate the U.S. and the rest of the planet economically, militarily and technologically,” he continues.

Furthermore, Ratcliffe goes on to say that China is seeking to spy on the United States and companies to further its own economy as part of an attempt to “rob, replicate and replace” U.S. businesses. Additionally, he says that China’s authoritarian government robs U.S. companies of their intellectual property, copies the technology, and then replaces U.S. entities in the international marketplace.

Ratcliffe made some other statements and claims about the Chinese government in the rest of the opinion piece, to summarize.

At one point, he accused Beijing of stealing U.S. defense technology to “fuel” President Xi Jinping’s aggressive plan to make the People’s Liberation Army “the world’s foremost military power.”

Ratcliffe, citing U.S. intelligence, also said that China has conducted human testing on members of its military “in hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities,” but he did not expand upon this charge further.

Ratcliffe’s opinion piece is the latest of public statements from members of the Trump administration criticizing China in a variety of subject areas before President-elect Joe Biden becomes president in January, perhaps in order to solidify President Trump’s still-forming legacy as a president who stood up to China. In his Journal piece, Ratcliffe did not mention Biden, it should be noted.

During the presidential transition, experts have been predicting for the most part that Biden isn’t going to perform a complete 180-degree policy reversal from Trump when it comes to China, with many stating that the president-elect doesn’t appear too eager to pull back current U.S. sanctions, perhaps as a bargaining chip in dealing with China.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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