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Central Intelligence Agency director William Burns announced the creation of the China Mission Center to counter Beijing, while calling the “increasingly hostile” Chinese government the “most significant geopolitical threat” to the United States in the 21st century. warned.

Burns announced the agency’s adjustments to its organization structure and approach “to best position it to address current and future national security challenges.”

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“The CMC will further strengthen our collective work on an increasingly hostile Chinese government, the most important geopolitical threat facing us in the 21st century,” Burns said.

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Burns said the China Mission Center (CMC) would address the challenges posed by the People’s Republic of China and stressed that “the threat is from the Chinese government, not its people.”

Burns said the new mission center will bring “a full agency response” and “integrate the extraordinary work the CIA is already doing against a major rival.”

The announcement comes as the Biden administration has warned that China is “the only competitor” potentially capable of raising a “challenge” to the international system.

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President Biden spoke on the phone for the second time last month with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The White House said the president “clarified” that the discussions were “part of an ongoing effort to responsibly manage competition between the United States and the PRC.”

“President Biden underscored the United States’ enduring interest in peace, stability and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific and the world, and the two leaders discussed the responsibility of both countries to ensure competitiveness,” the White House said. meeting.

The White House released the new in March national security guidance, which warned of the “reality” that China “has become increasingly more assertive” and that “it must combine its economic, diplomatic, military and technological power to face a continuing challenge to a stable and open international system”. capable of.”

The guidance further warned that China’s leaders “seeking unfair advantage, behave aggressively and coercively, and undermine the rules and values ​​at the heart of an open and stable international system.”

In addition to focusing on the threat from China, Burns stressed that the CIA would continue to “focus increasingly” on other significant threats, notably “an aggressive Russia, a provoking North Korea and a hostile Iran, as well as Combating terrorism together.”

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Meanwhile, Burns also unveiled a new position within the CIA — chief technology officer — as well as an international and technology mission center to address issues critical to American competitiveness. That effort will include a focus on “emerging technologies, economic security, climate change and global health.”

Furthermore, in an effort to “attract and retain a diverse talent pool of the best and brightest”, Burns stated that the CIA has changed procedures “significantly reducing the time it takes for applicants to join the CIA”. “

Burns also announced the launch of a CIA Technology Fellows program to bring in promising experts for one to two years of public service in the CIA.

Burns said CIA Deputy Director David S. Cohen will oversee the implementation of these adjustments.

Burns said, “Throughout our history, the CIA has stepped forward to meet the challenges that come our way … and now face our toughest geopolitical test in a new era of great power rivalry.” The CIA will be at the forefront of this effort.”

He said: “There is no doubt that we have the talent for the job. And with the right approach and the right structure, I know we will help ensure American leadership and American success on the global stage for decades to come.” “

Granthshala News’ Lucas Tomlinson contributed to this report.