Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe, referred to the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the greatest threat to national security of the United States and other free nations around the world since World War II.
According to The Hill, in an opinion article published in the Wall Street Journal, Ratcliffe stated that the CCP intended to dominate the United States and the rest of the planet economically, militarily, and technologically.
Ratcliffe described the tactics used by the CCP to steal American intellectual property. He said that it replicates a product or service and replaces it, then commercializes it in the market. He also spoke about the influence that the CCP has within Congress.
Ratcliffe said the CCP is carrying out an undercover operation to influence members of Congress to support the policies of the CCP.
He warned of the “campaign of massive influence” involving officials of the CCP, targeting congressmen six times more often than Russia and 12 times more often than Iran.
Ratcliffe’s article warned that Chinese-owned manufacturing companies, which employ thousands of Americans, could influence union officials to oppose lawmakers who pursue anti-Chinese policies.
“The union leader contacts his congresswoman and indicates that his members won’t support her re-election without a change in position. He tells himself he’s protecting his members, but in that moment he’s doing China’s bidding, and the congresswoman is being influenced by China [the CCP], whether she realizes it or not,” he said, according to the New York Post.
During an interview with CBS, Ratcliffe said, “They want laws and policies out of the United States that are favorable to China … what they’re really trying to do is through blackmail, through bribery, through overt and covert influence, trying to make sure that only laws that are favorable to China [the CCP] are passed.”
During the Aspen Cyber Summit, William Evanina, director of the United States National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said he had seen an “increase in efforts at malignant diplomatic influence directed at Biden’s supposedly incoming administration.”
“We’ve also seen an uptick, which was planned, and we predicted, that China would now re-vector their influence campaigns to the new administration,” Evanina said at the Aspen Cyber Summit.