China Slams US Intelligence Report

A Chinese government spokesperson has criticized the U.S. government’s 2009 National Intelligence Strategy document released September 15:

“We urge the US side to abandon its Cold War mentality and bias… and stop issuing remarks that mislead the American people and harm mutual trust between China and the United States,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

In a statement posted on the ministry’s website, Jiang urged the United States to correct “mistakes” in the report.

The United States released its 2009 National Intelligence Strategy document yesterday, in which China’s “natural resource-focused diplomacy and military modernisation” were pinpointed as factors making it a “global challenge.”

From the Office of the Director of National Intelligence website:

On September 15, 2009, the Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair unveiled the 2009 National Intelligence Strategy – the blueprint that will drive the priorities for the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies over the next 4 years. The National Intelligence Strategy (NIS) is one of the most important documents for the Intelligence Community (IC) as it lays out the strategic environment, sets priorities and objectives, and guides current and future decisions on budgets, acquisitions, and operations.

Comments on the report from the Agence France Presse:

China and Russia are “aggressive” players in cyberspace, the US intelligence chief said Tuesday as a report identified enhancing cybersecurity as a national priority.

China and Russia are “aggressive” players in cyberspace, the US intelligence chief (Dennis Blair) said Tuesday as a report identified enhancing cybersecurity as a national priority… “China is very aggressive in the cyberworld,” he told reporters. “So is Russia and others.”

The NIS warned that “foreign entities, including state and non-state actors, violent extremist groups, cyber intruders, and criminal organizations, are increasingly undermining US interests in myriad and growing ways.

“Globalization of the marketplace and the openness of modern information networks have enabled our adversaries goals,” the report said.

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