US & UK Intelligence Leaders Warn of 'Game-Changing’ PRC Threats

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    The Facts

    • In an unprecedented joint appearance on Wed., FBI director Christopher Wray and MI5 head Ken McCallum issued strong warnings about dangers posed to the West by China, describing it as the "biggest long-term threat" to Western economic and national security.

    • The leaders cited Beijing's alleged desire to interfere in local politics and claimed that China is carrying out economic espionage and hacking operations to steal industrial technology and dominate global markets.


    The Spin

    Anti-China narrative

    The Chinese Communist Party has been carrying out an expansive economic and political offensive against the West as the world is focused on Russia's war against Ukraine. Beijing intends to subvert democracies while stealing sensitive information, disrupting businesses, and gaining security advantages.

    Pro-China narrative

    UK and US intelligence agencies are trying to boost anti-China sentiment by defaming Beijing. This shouldn't come as a surprise as these actors are widely known for their operations to destabilize regimes around the world. They must realize that we aren't in the Cold War anymore.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 16% chance that there will be a US-China war by 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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