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China Has Taken Most Active Role in US Election Interference: National Security Adviser

The Chinese regime has the “most massive” program among countries seeking to interfere in the U.S. election, and has taken the most active role in political influence efforts, White House national security adviser Robert OBrien said on Friday.

“Theres always going to be propaganda. Theres always going to be efforts to influence us,” OBrien told reporters at a briefing. “We know the Chinese have taken the most active role.”

The national security adviser concurred with Attorney General William Barrs comments earlier this week that China, rather than Russia, poses the greatest threat to U.S. election security. OBrien said he agreed with Barrs assessment “100 percent.”

William Evanina, the director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center, said in July that Beijing was ramping up influence efforts in the country by attempting to shape U.S. policy, pressuring political figures, and countering criticism of China. Evanina later said that Beijing would prefer Trump to lose the election, in light of the administrations increasingly hard-line stance toward the regime.

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President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Sept. 2, 2020. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Chinese attempts to interfere with U.S. elections and politics, unlike Russias methods, are focused on using economic incentives or coercion to influence business and political elites, given that these are the actors who shape policy and candidates campaign platforms, an expert previously told The Epoch Times. Beijings ambitions, however, extend beyond any single election.

“The Chinese objective is to embed themselves … inside the West. And it becomes so powerful in their position there, that nobody can say no to them when they want something,” Jeff Nyquist, an author and researcher of Chinese and Russian strategy, said in an earlier interview.

U.S. officials have recently sounded the alarm that the regime is targeting American business leaders and officials, pressuring them to adopt Beijing-friendly stances.

OBrien said the regime attempts to influence American business leaders “by saying if you dont support us in the U.S., your companies wont have opportunities in China.”

Foreign Policy Failure

OBrien also has described the United States approach to the Chinese regime as the “biggest failure of American foreign policy over the past 40 years.”

The adviser said the prevailing “mantra” in the West had been that China would become more democratic as it became richer. So “we turned a blind eye to Chinese malign activity, whether its stealing our IP or engaging in unfair trade practices, or bullyiRead More From Source

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