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China is officially the number one threat to America. So what should we do about it?

First published: The Article 20/04/2020

It would have been surprising if she’d said anything else, but Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence, used the publication of her agency’s Annual Threat Assessment to confirm to the United States Congress that, as far as states go, China is for the first time America’s number one focus and concern. The report gives pride of place to a chapter entitled “China’s Push for Global Power”, while Russia, Iran and North Korea each have follow-on chapters, billed simply as “Provocative Actions”. There is no question that China is going to remain America’s and the global system’s principal drama of the 2020s, and most likely beyond. No-one should imagine, though, that they know how it is going to play out. Read on….