‘The Deep Dive’: What’s Behind the House Intel Report on US Anti-China Spying Capabilities?
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On 30 September, the House Intelligence Committee released a summary of a highly classified report titled “The China Deep Dive” on the US intelligence community’s capabilities to tackle the “China threat”. Beijing-based author Thomas W. Pauken II has explained the timing of the report and the Dems’ role in spearheading it.
The bipartisan report, which was commissioned by Democratic committee Chairman Adam Schiff in May of 2019, claimed that “for the first time in three decades the United States is confronted by the rise of a global competitor”, admitting that US intelligence services have “not sufficiently adapted” to address the challenge posed by China.
“Absent a significant realignment of resources, the US government and intelligence community will fail to achieve the outcomes required to enable continued US competition with China on the global stage for decades to come, and to protect the US health and security”, the 37-page summary warns.
Dems Stepping Up Anti-China Rhetoric
The report’s summary calling for improved US spying capabilities against the People’s Republic was published less than five weeks before the November election and coincided with growing anti-China sentiment in the US over the coronavirus pandemic and trade frictions.
“Our nation’s intelligence agencies have a lot of work to do to fully address the challenge posed by China”, Adam Schiff stated last week while presenting the report.
Although the Democratic Party and its presidential nominee Joe Biden have recently stepped up their anti-China rhetoric, Thomas Weir Pauken II, a Beijing-based US commentator specialising in Asia-Pacific Affairs and author of US vs. China: From Trade War to Reciprocal Deal, does not buy into it.
The release of the intelligence report, which, though being bipartisan, is spearheaded by the Democrats, may be yet another PR stunt aimed at convincing American voters that Biden will rein China in, according to the commentator.
“Democrats are panicking and they see the value in the ‘Blame China’ strategy to win over voters, but they will fail because only a naive Democrat voter could believe that Biden and the Democrats would be tougher on China than the Trump administration”, he says.
REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUEDemocratic U.S. presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks during a campaign stop in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, U.S., October 6, 2020.
The Chinese ‘Wolf Warriors’ May Call Biden’s Bluff
While the intelligence report expects “China’s use of digital authoritarianism to continue to be exported beyond its own borders” and claims that Beijing is seeking to replace the US as the global leader, purportedly believing “that China’s model and system of governance are exceptional”, Pauken deems that this sort of rhetoric may backfire on the Biden administration if the Democratic nominee comes out on top in November.
On the other hand, a future Biden administration’s apparent attempt to rally the European Union, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, and India to isolate Beijing diplomatically may prove futile, since “European companies hold lucrative business deals with the Chinese and they would fear Chinese companies backing away from them”, the author notes.
“The bigger concern many Chinese have would be that if Biden wins the US elections, he would raise taxes and he might destroy the US economy inflicting a weaker outlook for Chinese exports directed at the US markets”, he remarks.
AP Photo / Pablo Martinez MonsivaisU.S. President Donald Trump, second right, and China’s President Xi Jinping, second left, attend their bilateral meeting at the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
If Trump is Elected, US-China Ties May Improve
Sino-American relations may improve starting next year if Trump gets re-elected, despite the president’s current tough rhetoric towards China with regard to bilateral trade issues, the Chinese high-tech sector, the South China Sea, and the coronavirus, according to the Beijing-based commentator.
At the same time, the author, who has been living in the People’s Republic for over 10 years, laments the fact that Washington and many officials on both sides of the American political spectrum “have a low understanding of China”. Apparently, therefore, they do not recognise the complex matters involved in the South China Sea, he notes, warning that their attempts to act like arbitrators of territorial disputes in the region will spark deeper conflicts in the Asia-Pacific.
“The US diving into the South China Sea disputes will not resolve anything”, he insists. “It’s better for Washington to step back and let China and ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states seek resolutions on their own terms without meddling from Western countries”.
Nevertheless, Beijing and Washington can find common ground and reach a compromise, according to the commentator. Therefore, if Trump pursues a trade deal with China, one can anticipate Beijing to offer major concessions on hi-tech issues. Meanwhile, Washington can be expected to return the favour by granting more opportunities for Chinese hi-tech firms to invest in the US and do more business deals in the country.
“There’s a good chance Trump will accept the Belt and Road Initiative and allow the US to become a BRI member if Beijing signs on to a winning US-China trade agreement”, Pauken concludes.
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