Former Attorney General Bill Barr warned on Sunday, March 13, that China would continue to be “a huge challenge” and a long-term national security threat to the US. He also warned that Beijing has a “highly aggressive plan” to possess “key” future technologies.

During an interview with Fox News, the former Attorney General noted that the US has been “the world’s technological leader and people are accustomed to,” but “China is the biggest threat,” not only militarily, because China is building a very capable army, but also technologically.

He said that the Biden administration, to combat the Chinese threat, should “focus on the fact that it has been that leadership that makes us so prosperous and creates all the opportunity for future generations and provides for our security.”

He added, “The Chinese have a comprehensive, highly aggressive plan to take control of all of the key technologies of the future, such as 5G communications, robotics, artificial intelligence; all of the technologies that are going to be pivotal in the years to come.”

Bill Barr said Beijing is already “seizing on the high ground,” “through thefts of secrets,” and “going to be a huge challenge” for the US.

Last week, the Intelligence Community released its annual threat assessment addressing global threats against the US for 2022, including threats from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, among others.

As for China, the Intelligence Community said the US and allies “will face an increasingly complex and interconnected global security environment marked by the growing specter of great power competition and conflict, while collective, transnational threats to all nations and actors compete for our attention and finite resources.”

The assessment states that China is increasingly a “near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas — especially economically, militarily and technologically — and is pushing to change global norms and potentially threatening its neighbors.”

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