China is waging 'quiet kind of cold-war' against US: CIALast updated on Jul 22, 2018, 11:30 am
China is waging a "quiet kind of cold war" against the United States, using all its resources to try to replace America as the leading power in the world, Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director of CIA's East Asia mission center, said at Aspen Security Forum in Colorado on Friday.
He said this war is different from the Cold War between the US and Russia.
Concerns over China's efforts to steal US's business-secrets, high-tech research
Rising US-China tension goes beyond the trade dispute playing out in a tariff tit-for-tat between the two nations.
There is concern over China's pervasive efforts to steal business secrets and details about high-tech research being conducted in the US.
The US and other nations have complained about China's construction of military outposts on islands in the South China Sea.
Threat to America
China represents most significant threat America faces: FBI Director
The alarm-bells come at a time when Washington needs China's help in ending its nuclear-standoff with North Korea.
FBI Director Christopher Wray said China, from a counterintelligence perspective, represents the most significant threat America faces.
He said FBI has economic espionage investigations in all 50-states that can be traced back to China.
"The significance of it is something that America cannot underestimate," Wray said.
China has largest standing army on ground forces: Marcel Lettre
Marcel Lettre, a former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, said China has the world's second-largest defense budget, the largest standing army of ground forces, the third-largest air force and a navy of 300 ships and over 60 submarines.
"All of this is in the process of being upgraded," said Lettre.
He said China is also pursuing advances in cyber, AI, anti-satellite capabilities, and hypersonic-glide-weapons.