US – China relations are somewhat strenuous to say the least. President Trump recently met with the Chinese leader in hopes of getting the Chinese to help defuse the situation with North Korea. However, Trump has made numerous promises to stop some activities and trade by the Chinese in his promise to make America first. If we really want to know where we stand with China, it can be easily defined with their boasting of executing a dozen CIA spies over the past 7 years.
China reacted to the revelation it had purged a network of CIA informants with a victory lap, boasting that the execution of a dozen spies within the last seven years was a triumph for its “anti-espionage activities.”
The network was terminated between 2010 and 2012, The New York Times reported Saturday, with 12 or more people killed and several more imprisoned. Without providing confirmation, the Global Times newspaper, which is published by the official People’s Daily, said in an editorial smashing the ring with extreme prejudice was a “sweeping victory.”
“If this article is telling the truth, we would like to applaud China’s anti-espionage activities,” read the editorial. “Not only was the CIA’s spy network dismantled, but Washington had no idea what happened and which part of the spy network had gone wrong…
The news is also a devastation to US intelligence in China and Asia. No one knows how much information the CIA spies revealed under torture before they were murdered, resulting in a possible intelligence and security leak that could be difficult to repair or recover from. Obviously, while Chinese leaders were shaking President Trump’s hand, the were busy executing our intelligence agents. Not a real sign of friendship or cooperation.