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In June, Joe Biden announced a new task force to assess Beijing’s military challenge. (file)

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The US Central Intelligence Agency on Thursday announced a new China-focused entity that outlined its approach to Beijing as the country’s toughest long-term adversary.

CIA Director William Burns said in a statement that the new China Mission Center will address the challenge China has posed in all mission areas of the US spy agency.

“The CMC will further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat facing us in the 21st century, an increasingly hostile Chinese government,” Burns said.

The announcement comes in parallel with a sweeping overhaul of President Joe Biden’s administration to confront China as its main “strategic competitor”.

In June, Biden announced a new task force at the Pentagon to assess and respond to Beijing’s military challenge.

Burns’ announcement came as the CIA and FBI uncovered dozens of cases of China recruiting US citizens to supply classified or corporate-owned information and using Chinese citizens working in the United States as intelligence collectors. did.

It also comes as US intelligence sees its Chinese rivals hacking to use their power in the global electronics market and enter US government and private computer networks.

Underscoring the challenge of Beijing as well as other adversaries such as Pakistan, the CIA recently sent a memo in its arms around the world, acknowledging that it had lost dozens of its secret informers in other countries, Some were captured or killed, according to the New York Times and The Washington Post.

Burns said, “Throughout our history, the CIA has stepped forward to meet the challenges that come our way … and now face our most difficult geopolitical test in a new era of great power rivalry.” The CIA will be at the forefront of this effort.”

Burns, a veteran diplomat who became CIA director in March, also announced a new position, the CIA’s chief technology officer and a new international and technology mission center.

The center will address global issues critical to US competitiveness, such as emerging technologies, economic security, climate change and health challenges, the statement said.

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