US intelligence agency eyes on China after military withdrawal from Afghanistan

The agency’s deputy director David Cohen told the meeting that the US would continue to deal with terrorists, although its priority would be to understand and counter China’s strategy.

US intelligence agency eyes on China

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After the military withdrawal from Afghanistan, the eyes of the US intelligence agency will be on China. This was discussed in a meeting of members of the CIA’s Anti-Terrorism Center held recently. The agency’s deputy director David Cohen gave this information. He said the CIA’s views on tackling terrorism have not changed even after the al-Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike. The agency’s deputy director David Cohen told the meeting that the US would continue to deal with terrorists, although its priority would be to understand and counter China’s strategy.

As Afghanistan nears a year of ending military action, President Joe Biden and top national security officials are placing less emphasis on counter-terrorism and more on tackling political, economic and military threats posed by China and Russia. Many officers in intelligence agencies are being appointed to various positions to deal with China, while some of these officers were earlier working to deal with terrorism.

China angers US over Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan

The events of last week show that the US has to deal with both at the same time. Last week the US killed al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Kabul, while China conducted massive military exercises to protest the visit of US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan and threatened to cut all ties with the US Is. The US has long been concerned about China’s growing political and economic ambitions.

China has reportedly tried to influence elections in other countries, conduct espionage campaigns in the cyber and corporate sphere, and detain millions of minority Uighurs. Some experts also believe that in the coming years, China will try to take over the self-governing democratic island of Taiwan by force. Intelligence officials said that they needed to keep a close eye on China after not stating the reason for the origin of the Kovid-19 global epidemic. China is accused of hiding information related to the origin of the virus.

America’s eye on Russia too

At the same time, after the war in Ukraine, it has become necessary to keep an eye on Russia. The US had exposed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war plans before the invasion and provided diplomatic support to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv. Meanwhile, Jason Crowe, a former Army Ranger who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, said he believes the US has over the past several years focused heavily on countering terrorism. Crowe said, ‘Russia and China are a much bigger threat. Terrorist organizations cannot destroy the American way of life the way China can.

Terrorism a real challenge

CIA spokesman Tammy Thorpe said terrorism is a real big challenge. “Even as crises like Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the strategic challenges posed by the Republic of China, we need to consider,” Thorpe said. The CIA will detect terrorism-related threats on a global scale and work with partners to combat them.

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