The Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday it has created a new “China Mission Center” to focus solely on the national security risks posed by the Chinese government, calling it the most important threat the US faces.
The new group was formed to provide a whole-agency response and address the global challenges posed by “key rival” China, according to the CIA.
“CMC will further strengthen our collective work on the most important geopolitical threat we face in the 21st century, an increasingly adversarial Chinese government,” CIA Director William J. Burns said.
Burns emphasized the threats against the US were from the Chinese government and not its people.
He added the CIA would continue to focus on other threats, including an “aggressive Russia, a provocative