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Washington, April 15: A top US intelligence officer told lawmakers that China was fast becoming a close rival to the US, which posed challenges in many areas, as well as changing global regulations in this way. Which will benefit China’s dictatorial system. National Intelligence Director Avril Haynes said this to members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Affairs on threats emanating from the world to the US. “China is fast becoming a close competitor and challenges the US in many areas, as well as changing global regulations in a way that benefits China’s dictatorial system,” Haynes said. Said that China is taking a larger stance to show its growing strength and to force neighboring countries to accept their priorities including their claims on the disputed area without any opposition.
He said that apart from China, Russia, Iran and North Korea – there are three countries which are posing a threat to the US.
“The fighting in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria is having a direct impact on US forces, while tensions between nuclear-rich countries India and Pakistan remain a cause of concern for the world,” Haynes said. Violence between Israel and Iran, activity of foreign forces in Libya and conflict in other areas including Africa and West Asia is expected to increase. Also read: Johnson & Johnson: Africa prohibits use of J&J Kovid-19 vaccine
Meanwhile, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director William Burns said that the weakening of democracy is a real problem in many parts of the world. He said that this trend can be changed if people’s trust is restored in such a regime. Burns said in response to a question by Senator Michael Bennett, “I think the problem of lack of democracy is real in many parts of the world.”