Bloomberg learned about the difficulties of US spying on Xi Jinping

US top officials do not receive enough intelligence about what is happening in Beijing, and “understand little” about the real state of affairs in the Chinese leadership, the agency writes. Xi Jinping is becoming more and more difficult to follow

Xi Jinping

China and the country's leadership, including President Xi Jinping, are becoming increasingly difficult targets for US espionage, Bloomberg reports citing former and current officials with access to the most classified intelligence materials.

The situation is becoming less transparent, they said, while the need for intelligence is growing amid a range of issues related to China, including Taiwan and advanced technology.

The lack of information became apparent after Beijing took unexpected steps for the United States to “ regain control in Hong Kong, demonstrate military force in the South China Sea, limit investigations into the origins of COVID-19, pressure on Chinese companies that were about to go public in United States, and an increase in hacker attacks, '' writes Bloomberg. All this came as a surprise to the administrations of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, according to agency sources.

The problems of American intelligence are connected both with the fact that Beijing caused significant damage to the US spy network even before joining the authorities of Xi Jinping, and with the continuing shortage of people who speak Mandarin Chinese.

Former U.S. national security adviser John Bolton told Bloomberg that intelligence in the country has been “ lagging behind for decades. '' “I never felt like I had enough intelligence. I've always wanted to hear more. I was never satisfied ', & mdash; he explained.

Some Bloomberg sources clarify that the problems with obtaining information about what is happening in China are only increasing. So, for example, in the context of the imminent end of Xi Jinping's second term as chairman of the PRC, Washington “ understands little '', for example, who might be a possible successor. This is compounded by other intelligence errors, such as the inability to foresee the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban (members of the Russian-banned Taliban terrorist organization).

In October, CIA Director Bill Burns announced the creation a special center within the intelligence department, which will focus on the “ increasingly hostile Chinese government. ''

However, some Bloomberg interlocutors see this as a symbolic step rather than a real initiative, since the new structure needs to be allocated additional funding and staff .

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