Biden spy chief nominee acknowledges US stance toward China must 'evolve' from Obama years
Added 01-19-21 10:23:02pm EST - “President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be the nation's spy chief acknowledged the U.S. stance toward China must "evolve" from her time during the Obama administration to "meet the reality" of an aggressive Chinese Communist Party.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to be the nation’s spy chief acknowledged the U.S. stance toward China must “evolve” from her time during the Obama administration to “meet the reality” of an aggressive Chinese Communist Party.
Avril Haines, Biden's choice for director of national intelligence, made the comments during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday during questioning by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, who asked the former deputy to CIA Director John Brennan if she had concerns about how the Obama administration approached China, following increased pressure on the Chinese government by the Trump administration.
“I think our approach to China has to evolve and essentially meet the reality of the particularly assertive and aggressive China that we see today. China is a challenge to our security, to our prosperity, to our values across a range of issues, and I do support an aggressive stance ... to deal with the challenge that we’re facing,” Haines replied. “So, I think that’s the place that we are now, and one that is more assertive than where we had been in the Obama-Biden administration, and if I’m confirmed, I think, frankly, the intelligence community can do a lot to help in that respect."
Incoming Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner contended that “perhaps the greatest challenge facing you as DNI will be a rising China.” He pressed Haines on whether she considered China an adversary.
“China is adversarial and an adversary on some issues, and in other issues, we try to cooperate with them, whether in the context of climate change or other things. And ultimately, the frame that the president-elect has identified for thinking about this is as a global competitor,” Haines said. “But I think that doesn’t, to your point, in any way mitigate the fact that when it comes to espionage or a variety of areas, I’ll be focused on if I’m confirmed in the director of national intelligence, they are an adversary."
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