‘China carrying out strategy to replace US as global power’
Washington:China is carrying out a well-orchestrated strategy to replace the United States as a global power, top American lawmakers and spymaster said on Wednesday. “As such, the United States is pulling out all of its elements of intelligence gathering to provide a very-very deep dive into the Chinese plan,” Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing. He was responding to concerns of top American Senators in this regard. “The biggest issue of our time, in the view of most of the members of this committee and, I would venture to guess, most of the members of this panel, is China and the risk they pose,” Senator Marco Rubio said during a hearing on ‘Worldwide threat assessment’ held by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. “I’m not sure, in the 240-some-odd-year history of his nation, we’ve ever faced a competitor and potential adversary of this scale, scope and capacity,” he said. “It is my personal view and shared by many people–that they are carrying out a well-orchestrated, well-executed, very patient long-term strategy to replace the United States as the most powerful and influential nation on earth,” Rubio said. “You see that reflected in this repeated use of this term, ‘community of common destiny”, which basically means a retreat from western values of democracy and freedom and openness, towards some other model that benefits them,” he said. Rubio said the Chinese pursuit of this appeared to be every element of their national power: their military, commercial, trade, economics, information and media. “The tools they use are everything from hacking into companies and critical infrastructure and defence contractors–everybody you can imagine–to using our immigration system against us, to even our universities,” Rubio said. Coats said the US had full awareness of what the Chinese were attempting to do on a global basis. “There’s no question that what you have just articulated is what’s happening with China. They’re doing it in a very smart way…a very effective way. They are looking beyond their own region. It’s clear, that they have a long-term strategic objective to become a world power,” he said. He said China was executing ways in which it could accomplish the objective to become a world power. “We have intensive studies going on throughout the intelligence community, relative to A to Z on what China is doing. General Mattis has asked us for that. Others have asked us to provide that,” Coats said. “We are pulling all of our elements of intelligence gathering together to provide a very-very deep dive into what China’s plan – is doing now and what their plans are for the future and how it would–impact on the US,” he said.