The Lead: China’s Super Soldiers
China has been testing on human soldiers to turn them into super-soldiers, à la Captain America. This sounds kind of awesome but U.S. intelligence doesn’t think it’s awesome.
The Director of National Intelligence, John Ratcliffe penned an article in the Wall Street Journal warning about the global threat of China and it is terrifying, and not just because of the super soldiers.
“U.S. intelligence shows that China has even conducted human testing on members of the People’s Liberation Army in the hope of developing soldiers with biologically enhanced capabilities,” writes Ratcliffe. “There are no ethical boundaries to Beijing’s pursuit of power.”
Why it matters
Ratcliffe alleges that China’s intent is to dominate the world “economically, militarily, and technologically.” They use state-run companies to buy up companies in other countries. They install spies in science and tech companies and pay them to send information to China. They influence politicians to support Beijing’s interests. These are just a few of his allegations.
Ratcliffe says that he has shifted $85 billion in intelligence budget to address the increasing threat of China and asks other world leaders to turn their focus on opposing this global power too.
The Director of National Intelligence serves by appointment of the President so it is not clear how long Ratcliffe will be in this role. This article could be seen as his final call to arms before leaving office with the Trump Administration.