China Influence ‘On Steroids’ Targets Biden Team – US Official

William Evanina from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence stated that Chinese agents have passed up their attempts to influence President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. They have also noted that the Chinese were concentrating on people close to Mr. Biden’s team.
According to the reports BBC, Mr. Evanina, Chief of the Director of National Intelligence’s counterintelligence branch, stated in an online discussion at the Aspen Institute think tank that it was an influence campaign steroid. He further tells that China had been attempting to intervene in the US efforts to develop a Coronavirus vaccine and recent American elections. Separately, a justice department official said more than 1,000 suspected Chinese agents had fled the US.

Mr. Evanina said, “We’ve also seen an uptick, which was planned and we predicted, that China would now re-vector their influence campaigns to the new administration. And when I say that, that malign foreign influence, that diplomatic influence plus, or on steroids, we’re starting to see that play across the country to not only the folks starting in the new administration, but those who are around those folks in the new administration.”

He further said, “So that’s one area we’re going to be very keen on making sure the new administration understands that influence, what it looks like, what it tastes like, what it feels like when you see it.”

Recently for the White House campaign, both Joe Biden and US President Donald Trump exchange some bitter allegations of Beijing’s influence. Mr. Trump centered on business dealings by his rival’s son Hunter Biden in China, while the Democratic candidate highlighted Mr. Trump’s Chinese bank account.

(BBC)

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