The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not want President Donald Trump to win reelection in November, according to a new intelligence assessment.
“We assess that China prefers that President Trump—whom Beijing sees as unpredictable—does not win reelection,” William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in a statement on Friday.
The CCP is working hard to influence the election and policy arguments, including putting pressure on elected officials and candidates party leaders view as being opposed to Chinas interests.
The Trump administrations increasingly hard-line stance against China, including its forced closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston, has led to an increase in criticism against the administration, according to Evanina.
“Although China will continue to weigh the risks and benefits of aggressive action, its public rhetoric over the past few months has grown increasingly critical of the current Administrations COVID-19 response, closure of Chinas Houston Consulate, and actions on other issues,” he said.
“For example, it has harshly criticized the Administrations statements and actions on Hong Kong, TikTok, the legal status of the South China Sea, and Chinas efforts to dominate the 5G market. Beijing recognizes that all of these efforts might affect the presidential race.”
In the past few months, the Trump administration has quickened its actions countering an array of threats to security and freedom posed by the CCP. These include sanctioning officials over rights abuses in the region of Xinjiang and crushing freedoms in Hong Kong, and barring U.S. transactions with the Chinese owners of apps TikTok and WeChat on national security grounds.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden, meanwhile, has also taken a tough stance on China, and has run campaign ads criticizing Trump for “roll[ing] over for the Chinese” in the early days of the pandemic.
The Trump and Biden campaigns didnt immediately respond to requests for comment.
With regard to Russia, intelligence officials say the country is using a variety of measures to denigrate Biden, the former vice president and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
“This is consistent with Moscows public criticism of him when he was Vice President for his role in the Obama Administrations policies on Ukraine and its support for the anti-Putin opposition inside Russia,” Evanina said.
“For example, pro-Russia Ukrainian parliamentarian Andriy Derkach is spreading claims about corruption—including through publicizing leaked phone calls—to undermine former Vice President Bidens candidacy and the Democratic Party. Some Kremlin-linked actors are also seeking to boost President Trumps candidacy on social media and Russian television.”
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