ASPEN, Colorado (CNN) – The goal of China's global influence operations is to replace the United States as the world's first superpower, said Friday the CIA's Michael Collins . During the rise of China, Collins, Deputy Assistant Director of the CIA's East Asia Mission Center, said that Chinese President Xi Jinping and his regime were waging a "cold war" against states -United. I say that by definition, what they lead against us, it's basically a cold war, a cold war, not as we've seen during the Cold War, but a cold war by definition. A country that exploits all lawful and unlawful ways, public and private, economic and military, to undermine your rival's position in your own position without recourse to conflict. "In the end, they want all the countries of the world, when they decide their interests on political issues, first with China and not the United States. because the Chinese are defining more and more a conflict with the United States and what we consider to be a systemic conflict.
By examining Xi's writings, whose "thought" or worldview is recently inscribed in the Chinese constitution. It is clear, says Collins, that the threat posed by China is the biggest global challenge facing the United States today.
"This creates competition with us and what we support much more than anything the Russians could offer. Collins' comments on the third day of the forum echoed those of other senior US officials there, including FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, both of whom said "I think China, from the point of view of counterintelligence, is in many ways the biggest, most difficult, and most important threat we face as a country, "Wray told his audience. on Wednesday
"And I say that because for them it is an effort of the whole state. It is economic espionage as well as traditional espionage; they are non-traditional collectors as well as traditional intelligence agents;
Coats said Thursday that the United States had to decide whether China was a "real opponent or a legitimate competitor". He criticized the efforts of the Chinese state to steal business secrets and academic research. "I think that's where we start to draw the line," he said.
Marcel Letter, former Undersecretary for Defense, said that the influence operations – in which the Communist Party uses political, financial and military strategies and consolidate its presence in the countries of his region and in – it was only one tool that China is deploying as part of a broader effort of expansion and growth. "19659002" C is a country that has the second largest land forces budget, the third largest air force in the world, a fleet of 300 ships – including more than 60 submarines – is being upgraded and modernization, "he said, adding that these improvements were" geared to the innovations we have made on the US side over the past decade or two. "
China unveiled its first aircraft carrier, a 50,000-ton vessel, in May." The carrier's first offshore trial followed a speech by Xi on April 12 stating that he intended to build a "world class" navy under the banner of the Chinese Communist Party.While the new carrier will strengthen China's military might in the region, the experts said it was still outdated and far behind compared to American aircraft carriers
Meanwhile, China has established ports along the Indian Ocean, where last year it sent two warships carrying an undisclosed number of troops to its First Military Base Overseas.
Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, pointed out that the deadlock in the South China Sea was a doma where the American presence could push Beijing to negotiate with other countries in the region. claim the territory in disputed waters.
In recent years, the Chinese government has built a number of artificial islands in the South China Sea with military installations, including radar installations and landing strips. Beijing says that a large part of the South China Sea is its sovereign territory, says most of the international community is skewed.
"Will China be bound by rules and negotiate with ASEAN's multilateral partners?", She asked.
Ms. Thornton, who was originally The candidate for the position of Assistant Secretary to President Donald Trump, resigned in June when she was notified that she was not a woman, plus her choice.He told Friday's audience that his service would end at the end of the discussion.
Part of the new national security strategy announced in December by Trump includes the fight against China on the technological and cyber fronts, but also with partners around the world to challenge Chinese practices and persuade Beijing to accept international conventions and standards. "19659002] While much of the world's attention has been focused on crises, including the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Chinese have maintained special attention for years.
"They learn to be more coercive, learning to be more ambitious, learning to be more assured by what they get out of it," Collins told the CIA. "September 11 is an example where the international community has had to focus on something else and the Chinese have gone through this decade to develop particularly where they are, so it is a long way to say that". Things Happen in the International System "
Thornton and Collins pointed out the events of the past decade to partly explain China's rapid expansion and growth.
" The Chinese are very good at taking advantage of the opportunities they've been able to do recently by focusing on the Middle East for the first part of the 2000s and after the financial crisis, "Thornton told me. back to doing what we do well. Our gentle power is incredibly more powerful than their soft power. They do not really have the same appeal as the American system, and I think it's because our partners around the world know that we support them and know that we will not impose our will on them, that we will work together "
Collins says that even China's partners would not want to join the country's way of life.
"Me too I am optimistic that in the battle for norms and rules and standards of behavior, the national liberal Order is stronger than the repressive norms that the Chinese promulgate," he said. he says. "I'm confident that others will not want to subscribe to it."