Speaking at a security forum in aspen, Collins said that the Chinese leader XI Jinping and his regime are waging the "cold war" against the United States.
"Judging by their own terms and according to what he says si, I'd say that they are against us, essentially the cold war — not a cold war, which we saw in the era of the cold war [with the USSR], and the cold war in its classic definition. A country that uses every possible — legal and illegal, public and private, economic and military -- to undermine the position of his opponent relative to their positions, without needing to open conflict. The Chinese do not want conflict," said Collins.
"Ultimately they want to ensure that any country in the world, taking the political decisions in the first place stood on the side of China and not on the US side, because the Chinese increasingly define the nature of the conflict with the United States and what we call a conflict of systems."
If we analyze the works of C., whose thinking and Outlook was recently enshrined in the Chinese Constitution, according to Collins, it is clear that the threat posed by China is the greatest threat to the United States at the present time.
"It imposes competition to us and that we stand for much more serious competition than what may nominate Russian," said Collins.
These statements Collins, with whom he addressed the third day of the forum, echoed the statements of other senior officials, including FBI Director Christopher ray (Christopher Wray) and the Director of National intelligence Dan Coates (Dan Coats) who also consider China the biggest threat to the United States at the present time.
"I believe that from the point of view of counterintelligence, China in many respects is the most ambitious, the most difficult, the most serious threat facing the United States today," said Rey on Wednesday, July 18.
"I think this is because for them it is the task of the national scale: they are both economic and traditional espionage, they use the traditional intelligence agents and non-traditional methods of gathering information, they use both human resources and cybersettle".
Thursday, July 19, Coates stressed that the US needs to decide whether China is "a true enemy or a legitimate competitor." He also criticized attempts of the Chinese state to steal trade secrets and research. "I think here we need to begin to draw a line," he added.
Growing defense structure in China
According to Marcel Lettre (Marcel Lettre), former Deputy Secretary of defense for intelligence, operations, effects — in which the ruling Communist party of China uses the political, financial and military strategies to establish and consolidate its presence in its region and beyond, are just one of the tools that China uses to build its power and influence in the world.
"It is a country that ranks second in the world in the size of the military budget, which is the largest regular land army, which ranks third in the world in the size of its air force and which has a powerful fleet of 300 ships — including more than 60 submarines. And it is now in the process of modernization and improvement," he said, adding that all these updates are "centered around the innovations that we introduced in the US in the last couple of decades."
In may, China launched the first aircraft carrier of its own production weighing 50 thousand tons. The first test of this aircraft carrier took place after a speech si on April 12, when he announced plans for the creation of the Navy "world class" under flags of the Communist party of China. According to experts, although the carrier will significantly improve the military position of China in the region, it is imperfect and far from the standards of American carriers.
At the same time, China has built its ports around the Indian ocean down to Djibouti, where last year he sent two warships and an unknown number of soldiers on its first overseas military base.
Susan Thornton (Susan Thornton), who is the acting assistant Secretary of state for East Asia and the Pacific, pointed to the difficult situation in the South China sea, noting that the U.S. presence may force Beijing to sit down at the negotiating table with other countries in the region that also claim to disputed territory.
Over the past few years the Chinese government has built a series of artificial Islands in the South China sea, placing there the military targets, including radar installations and runways. Beijing holds most of the South China sea is its sovereign territory, the international community considers these claims unfounded.
"Will China follow the rules and negotiate with partners of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)? Or he will try to negotiate with all of them individually and thus increase its influence?" she asked.
Thornton, which the President of Donald trump was originally nominated for the position of assistant Secretary of state, resigned in June when she announced that the President no longer needs her services. On Friday, she announced that her service will end after the panel discussion.
"Our soft power... more powerful than their soft power"
The new national security strategy of trump, which was published in December implies opposing China on the technology front and on cyberwave. However, it also involves working with partners around the world, aims to counter Chinese practices and to persuade Beijing to abide by international conventions and standards.
While the world's attention switched from one crisis to another, China's attention was focused on the same goal for many years.
"They learn to be stronger learn to be more ambitious, learn to be more aggressive by the fact that they get away with it, said Collins of the CIA. — The September 11 attacks is only one example, when the international community had to switch to a new problem, and China during this decade has evolved rapidly, becoming as it is now. We can say that the international system was such things that help in part to explain the speed and power of China and what he has achieved."
And Thornton and Collins noted that over the past decade, there have been such events that explain the rapid growth and development of China.
"The Chinese are very well able to use the opportunities which they had quite a lot, because in the first half of 2000-ies, we fully focused on the middle East, and then in the financial crisis, explained Thornton. We have to get back to what we are good at. Our soft power is much more powerful than their soft power. They are not the appeal, which is in the American system, and I think it's because our partners around the world know that we are on their side, that we are not going to impose their will that we work together with them."
According to Collins, even the Chinese partners do not want to copy the way of life in this country.
"I also sincerely adhere to the optimistic view that in the struggle of the rules, regulations and standards of conduct to the liberal order remains stronger than those of the repressive standards, which preaches the China, he said. — I am convinced that others do not want to copy him."
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