Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen says that China is “absolutely exerting unprecedented effort to influence American opinion.”
On October 10, Nielsen and FBI Director Christopher Wray briefed senators on the Homeland Security Committee on remarks by US President Donald Trump alleging that China is interfering in US elections.
According to top security officials, China presents the greatest long-term counter-intelligence threat to the United States.
“China absolutely is on an unprecedented – or exerting unprecedented effort to influence American opinion,” Nielsen said. Nonetheless, she pointed outhat that the US has not “seen to date any Chinese attempts to compromise election infrastructure.”
FBI Director went further claiming that China poses even a larger threat than Russia to the US interests.
“China in many ways represents the broadest, most complicated, most long-term counter-intelligence threat we face,” Wray said. “Russia is in many ways fighting to stay relevant after the fall of the Soviet Union. They’re fighting today’s fight. China is fighting tomorrow’s fight.”
These allegations, which came amid the already tense situation in relations between the US and China, will likely contribute to further tensions between the sides. This is especially possible if the Trump administration continues to exploit the “Chinese threat” narrative to promote its policy around the world.