Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director of the CIA's East Asia Mission Center, said on Friday that China was working around the world to undermine US interests and supplant the United States as as the world's leading power. Aspen Security Forum: China's actions to build artificial islands in the South China Sea – boosting territorial growth and allowing the annexation of the islands – related to the "Crimea of the East" , with reference to the annexation of the Ukrainian region by Russia in 2014
"I would say … what they lead against us is fundamentally a cold war – a cold war not as we do We've seen during the Cold War, but a cold war by definition, "Collins said, according to The Associated Press
The statement by the top CIA official comes just days after FBI director Christopher Wray said that China represented the "greatest" immediate threat to US interests.
"The volume of this." The omnipresence of it.Wray said Chinese spying efforts discovered by his agency.
President Trump Donald John TrumpWSJ : Trump ignored the advice to confront Putin to Trump charges Bernie Sanders: Trump "so hard" on the separations of children but not on Putin MORE said in an interview this week that his administration was ready to put implementing additional tariffs targeting Chinese imports into the United States, telling CNBC that it is "ready to go" with $ 500 billion of additional tariffs that the administration says is equal to all Chinese goods sold in the United States
"I do not do that for politics. I am doing this to do the right thing for our country. China has long been scammed, and I told President Xi [Jinping]"Trump said in an interview broadcast on Friday.
The Chinese government has promised to interact with the latest series of tariffs filed a challenge with the World Trade Organization